Faux Raku

  • The word “raku” means “happiness in the accident.” Originally created for the Korean tea ceremony, this technique was subsequently used in the 16th century by Japanese artists
  • Japanese raku was traditionally handbuilt and used in tea ceremonies.  In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.
  • The familiar technique of placing the ware in a container filled with combustible material is not a traditional raku practice. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide.
  • It is the western style of raku, with a combination of crackling and metallic pigments that I am attempting to imitate
  • These feathers are resin castings of my original design which are then painted with a combination of paint, glazes, and pigment powders to create the look I want.
  • No two ever turn out quite the same. I use the finished piece in other projects, such as cards, quilt projects, or as ornaments




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