This striking Raku pot uses a specially formulated glaze to achieve its deep metallic colouring.
To create this lustrous metallic effect the piece is soaked in a metal oxide bath and fired to 950'C. Once up to temperature, the piece is pulled from the kiln and sprayed with a highly flammable alcohol wash, creating a bright copper sheen across each pot. It is then placed in a reduction chamber to allow the metallic glaze to develop deep blues, violets and copper hues across the pots surface.
Because of the random nature in which the metals react with other elements present during each firing the results of every firing are always different. No two pots are ever the same making each one truly unique!
After the firing process has finished, the pottery is thoroughly soaked and cleaned and treated with a fixative to set the bright and vibrant colours to prevent them from changing over time.
-Ornamental use only
-not suitable for food use or holding liquids
Purple Azure Aurora
Many of the Raku techniques used to create the effects in these pieces involve creating colours and patterns directly onto the ceramic surface, resulting in pottery that is often unglazed. Because of this Raku wares can sometimes remain slightly susceptible to bright light and moisture.
Although every effort is made to ensure each piece is sealed to maintain its bright colours and patterns, it is recommended that Raku pottery is kept out of direct sunlight and away from areas with a lot of moisture (bathrooms etc.)
In order for smoke and other chemicals to leave behind their colours and patterns, the ceramic needs to be slightly porous. Because of this Raku pottery is not suitable for holding liquids, as over time water will seep through to the surface of the pottery if used in this way. Potentially changing those colours and patterns.
Various chemicals are used in the making of these pieces which, after being thoroughly cleaned and sealed, are perfectly safe for ornamental use. However, it is not recommended that Raku pottery is used in the preparation or cooking of food or drink of any kind.
Raku pottery can be dusted with a clean dry cloth and any cleaning sprays or detergents should be avoided.
-Ornamental use only
-Not for use with food or drink
-Not suitable for holding liquids