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Raku Firing
 

Raku is a firing process that comes from Japan. This firing method is very quick, the enamel melts at 950 Degrees Celsius. Because of its complexity, this firing method must be done by two ceramists. We have to remove the incandescent object with metal tongs and put it down on sawdust or hay. The raku object  is therefore placed in an atmosphere high in carbon but very low in oxygen. This operation gives the art pieces unique colours, some of them quite flamboyant.

This raku technique requires an extreme concentration from the ceramists. The work becomes a choreography for two. To obtain the desired results, you need a perfect equilibrium between the air and the fire. Each firing is a fascinating experience.

The raku art-work is recognizable from its black bottom. Fired at a low temperature, the pieces stay porous. It is recommended to use them for dry food, fruits, candies, etc. The glazes don’t contain any toxic products so, for example, it is  safe to drink tea from a raku tea bowl.

Visit the raku firing art collection by clicking the image of your choice.

Vase with pinions
Tripod
Mini oriental vasel
Decorative bowl
Conic vase, glazed, 14 x 14 x 27 cm
Vase with goose, glazed, 13 x 13 x 26 cm
Vase with windows
Vase with perched bird, glazed, 13 x 13 x 26 cm
Vase with fish
Mural