Based on ancient Japanese tradition, modern Raku is a blend of East and West. Each piece is glazed, then carefully placed into a red-hot kiln. The fierce heat usually melts the glaze within 20 minutes, when each piece is removed, then 'quenched' in sawdust to produce a characteristic glaze and smoked black clay body. Raku firing is so rapid that control of the many variables is impossible. The results are always unique.

After the creating process, the birds etc. are dried, then fired in a large kiln to 1000 degrees (bisqued). Glazing is done by hand with brushes.
Pre-warming glazed pieces
Pre-warming glazed birds on top of the kiln.
Use of tongs
Placing warm, glazed birds into the kiln (about 900C) using tongs.
 
Lifting out a red-hot bird
Lifting out a red-hot bird at about 1000C, to be placed on a bed of sawdust and paper straw.
Smoking the bird
After placing the glowing bird on the sawdust and paper straw, the resulting fire is "quenched" by covering with a tin until it is cooler.
 


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