April 12, 2013

the word of the week is raku (pottery)

raku pottery from cleanlinestudio.comraku from cleanlinestudio.comraku pottery from cleanlinestudio.comraku pottery from cleanlinestudio.com

Pottery is a long lost love of mine. In high school, I spent a lot of time in the ceramics studio, and loved every minute of it. My parents house is still packed with dozens of my projects, some of which I’m actually still pretty proud of. One of the techniques I always found beautiful and fascinating was raku.
This pottery is created by firing your pot at a relatively low temperature, and then moving it while hot to a closed container with something combustible (usually newspaper or sawdust). As the materials ignite, a reaction is caused which creates the intense colors and textures shown above.
After seeing these results, im tempted  to dig a hole in my backyard and give it a try! Aren’t they just incredible?

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Leigh : 09:09 April 12, 2013 Reply
Oh my goodness! These are absolutely gorgeous!
    Sarah : 09:15 April 12, 2013 Reply
    Thanks Leigh, glad you agree! I'm so tempted to dust of my old pottery skills!
Maria @ Orchard Bloom : 09:32 April 12, 2013 Reply
Beautiful! I'm discovering a newfound love for ceramics. I can't wait to get my hands dirty.
Lisa : 20:42 August 18, 2014 Reply
Those are beautiful. .Where would you find such lovely things? Do you makes these yet?
    Lynne Anderson : 11:15 February 19, 2015 Reply
    I'm delighted one of my raku pieces was featured in this blog (it's the second one from the top). I've specialized in the raku firing process for over 15 years. In addition to featuring my work on my website, I also sell at etsy.com/raku4u Hope you'll visit sometime!
      Sarah : 12:59 February 19, 2015 Reply
      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lynne! I'll definitely be checking out more of your work!

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