These richly coloured Raku ceramic pots are made using a combination of Saggar and barrel firing techniques to achieve this beautiful surface.
The clay body is burnished to a high sheen and then bisque fired to 1000'C. The piece is then put into a protective casing of paper clay, sawdust and a selection of other chemicals which makes up the Saggar and fired in a barrel filled with combustible materials and different metals. Tall green and blue flames lick around each piece as the firing reaches its highest temperatures leaving behind beautiful colouring and patterns on the surface of the pottery.
Unlike some other types of pottery, Raku clay remains porous after firing. Which means that smoke and colours from metal oxides as well as other gasses can enter the clay and create these effects. There are no glazes involved in this which means each piece is different every time, they are all one of a kind!
After the barrel firing has finished, the pottery is thoroughly soaked and cleaned to remove any ash or smell of smoke from the firing. A sealant is then applied to maintain it's vibrant surface.
-Ornamental use only
-not suitable for food use or holding liquids
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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