Pottery Raku Rapture

 

Raku bowl master at Asukagama, Takumi Nakashima

 Raku bowl master at Asukagama, Takumi Nakashima

 

 

 

Japanese Shoraku Sasaki chawan-RubyLane

 Japanese chawan in the traditional red and black by Shoraku Sasaki

This bowl received an award from the monk Kankei Moriyama.(1888-1955) and was named “Yume” – which means a dream.

( RubyLane )

Origins of Raku

 

The originator of raku in Japan was Sasaki Chojiro, who first produced raku pieces for the Japanese tea ceremony in the 16th century. He learnt the technique from his father Ameya, who was trained in the Ming Dynasty Sencai pottery tradition and was brought to Kyoto, Japan from China. The original chawan tea bowls were red and black and called ‘ Imma yaki ‘ These colors were favored because they represented the Yang elements which are grounding and support the tea ceremony principals of contemplation and austerity. This was further enhanced by using simple hand crafted forms while being balanced with the Yin forces of the abstract, asymmetrical shapes and the ethereal quality of the mysterious raku textures, appearance and colours.

 

 

EXPOSITION-DE-MES-CERAMIQUES-RAKU raku31.artblog

Nweka  –  Josette Boyer, France

Artblog

 

 

Glo Coalson's-three raku-pigeons

Three raku pigeons – Glo Coalson

Raku Procedures

 

Despite Raku being primarily decorative and rarely used for functional purposes, Raku has maintained a healthy level of popularity in the West. Some of the reasons for this are the diversity of  lustres and unique colours that are attainable, the creation of desirable crackle effects, the dramatic and exciting production process, the versatility of the glazes,  the unpredictable  “ one of a kind  “ outcomes and the relatively fast results that can be achieved. Adherents have also been drawn to Raku because of its deep tradition in the Japanese culture.
After the initial formation of the clay pieces which have then been dried, bisqued and cooled, they are ready for glazing. The glaze can be applied by spraying, brushing, dipping the piece in a glaze or drizzled.  After glazing the piece it is then re-fired in a raku kiln. The decorated pieces are fired again to 1800 F and within about an hour, when the desired melting of the glazes have been achieved, they are immediately removed while still glowing with special raku tongs ( the dramatic stage ) and quickly placed into a metal container filled with organic materials such as straw, leaves, pine needles, sawdust or paper, then quickly sealed to be smoked and cooled down.
The thermal shock causes the glazes to craze and carbon fills the cracks giving the glaze it’s distinctive crackle appearance, especially with the white based glazes. As the piece sits in the combustion chamber, the decreased oxygen causes a chemical reaction in the glazes, resulting in metallic, iridescent colors. One glaze can produce a variety of colors as flashing occurs in areas that are exposed to more or less amounts of oxygen. The colors achieved are spontaneous and unable to be replicated.
The natural un-glazed clay will become black from the smoking environment, while the glazed areas, due to the rapid cooling, will have the desirable crackle effect and/or look of lustres to the glaze. The piece is then cooled by quenching with water and cleaned. The glaze firing and reduction process generally takes between one to two hours. A raku kiln can be fired in 20 minutes, as opposed to 12 hours for a regular kiln. All these above factors have made Raku a popular choice for pottery workshops which has contributed to its growth.La porte du soleil raku

La porte du soleil raku vessel

 

 

-Raku-fired-Chawan.-This-pieces-was-fired-with-a-copper-bearing-glaze-that-ages-and-mellows-as-it-gets-older.-non-functional.-Decorative-use-only

This piece was fired with a copper bearing glaze that ages and mellows as it gets older Non functional, decorative use only

3.3″ h -x- 5.7″ w

Ron Mello Studio on Etsy

 

 

Huge abstract sculpture-in the technique of raku-by Roger Capron

 Large abstract raku fired sculpture by Roger Capron.

 

 

Custom raku bottle---2013-Ryan-Peters

 Raku bottle by Ryan Peters

 black and white raku jar Andy Smith

  Black and white lidded raku jar – Andy Smith

 

 

Athena-Raku-fired-sculpture,2artstudios

 Athena Raku fired sculpture

2 artstudios

 

 

bol_raku_2013 Jacques-Tissot,-in-Fribourg-(Switzerland)

 Raku Bowl –  Jacques Tissot, Fribourg (Switzerland)

 

 

Caffeine-Buzz-teapot 2013-Ryan-Peters

Caffeine Buzz teapot – Ryan Peters

2013

 

clayguyryRyanPeters raku lidded jar

 Ryan Peters raku lidded jar

clayguyry

 

 

Current-Work---Ryan Peters Raku Pottery

Ryan Peters Raku Pottery

 

 

Dance of The Seven Raku Vases-Catherine Rehbein

 Dance of The Seven Raku Vases – Catherine Rehbein

 

 

 

 

Eena Miller -- Fern Naked Raku

 Naked Raku Fern dish – Eena Miller

 

 

Nicole-Petrescu-on-Flickr Raku earthenware on wood board

 Raku earthenware on wood board  – Nicole Petrescu

Nicole Petrescu – Flickr

shaun-hall-raku.com

Raku sculptural vase – Shaun Hall

Letsgetmuddy flickr Raku horsehair pottery vase

Raku horsehair pottery vase –Letsgetmuddy, California

This vase was coated with terra sigillata , a refined slip coating that is used to give a high satin gloss without the use of a glaze and burnished with a small stone at least three times before its initial bisque firing. It was then fired in my raku kiln. When the temperature reached approximately 1500 degrees F. it was removed from the kiln and horse hair held up against the hot pot. The black markings you see are what was left behind.
As the pot cooled it was fumed with an iron solution that gives it a warm fiery hue.

( Letsgetmuddy – flickr )

Jim Romberg, Canyon Moon,-2005

Jim Romberg, ‘Canyon Moon’

2005

Copper Raku Vase by morphingmolecules-etsy

Copper Raku Vase

 morphingmolecules-etsy

Ceramic Classic Red Raku Urn - elementalurns

 Classic Red Raku Urn – ElementalUrns – Etsy

 

 

 

Francois-Chesneau---la-porte-du-soleil

Francois Chesneau raku vessel  — la-porte-du-soleil

Paris

 

Horse hair raku bottle saratogaclayarts.gostorego

Horse hair raku bottle –  Saratoga clay arts

 

 

Jacques-Tissot,-in-Fribourg-(Switzerland)

Raku bowl by Jacques-Tissot, Fribourg (Switzerland)

 

 

la-porte-du-soleil raku disc

 Raku fired sculptural disc – La porte du soleil, France

 

 

Built from extruded elements,-raku-fired,-2007-8BrendaDean

Built from extruded elements, then raku fired -Brenda Dean

2007

 

 

la-porte-du-soleil raku jar

Raku jar – La porte du soleil

 

Malcolm Davis raku vase

Malcolm Davis shino glazed ( raku like ) vase

 

 

Nita Claise raku fired bottle

Nita Claise

 

Nita-Claise textured raku bottle

Nita Claise raku pottery

 

 

Nita-Claise- raku fired bottle

Raku bottle Nita Claise, Indiana USA

 

 

Raku-042 Hand-thrown Scallop Bowl Christopher Mathie

Hand-thrown Scallop Bowl, raku fired –  Christopher Mathie

 

 

raku-078 Christopher Mathie Hand thrown & Sculpted Raku Poppy Vessel

Hand thrown & Sculpted Raku Poppy Vessel – Christopher Mathie

'2-Birds-in-a-Tree---Raku-Bird-Feeder'-by-ringoffirepottery

 ” 2 Birds in a Tree “—   Raku Bird Feeder’ by ringoffire pottery

MRB037A-375

Nancy Pene raku

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Nancy-Pene raku lidded jar

Lidded raku jar – Nancy Pene

Tim AndrewsTall black and white raku vessels- Tim Andrews

Tall black and white curling pieces – Tim Andrews

 

 

 

Raku Buddha Statue Seated in the Clouds Sculpture-Anita Feng-buddhabulider

 

 Buddha Statue Seated in the Clouds Sculpture –  raku  – by Anita Feng – buddhabulider

 

 

Raku Pottery by Steven Forbe deSoule

Raku Pottery with melted glass by Steven Forbe deSoule

 

 

Raku-vessel--Ron-Mello

Ribbed Raku vessel by Ron Mello

 

 

Raku-Vessels,-SATURN-VESSEL

Saturn Vessel – rakuvessels.com

33”h x 20”w x 20”d

 

 

Ron-Mello,-Raku-Vessel

Ron Mello

 

 

Ron-Mello-Middleboro-MA,-United-States-Great-shape,-beautiful-raku

Raku ovoid vessel – Ron Mello Middleboro-MA,

 

 

 

lidded-raku-vessel-by-Brent-Skinner

Brent Skinner -lidded raku pot with handles

 

 

 

Ryan Peters--raku pottery

Ryan Peters

 

Mary-Kenny-raku-fired-vase7

 Mary Kenny

 

 

Tim-Scull,-amazing-ceramic-artist-doing-raku-and-sagger-fired-work

Tim Scull,-ceramic artist doing raku and sagger fired pottery

 

 

Tony-Evans-Art-Pottery-Raku-Bowl-on-Wooden-Stand

Tony Evans — Raku Bowl on Wooden Stand

 

 

TWEEZLE-PICKSNIFFIAN-Raku-Ceramic-by-Carole-Fleischman

Tweezle Picksniffian -Raku Ceramic by Carole Fleischman

 

 

Nita-Claise sculptural bottle

 Nina Clais – sculptural raku bottle

 

 

 

Nina Clais raku teapot

Nina Clais raku teapot

 

 

Raku-III-Finidori

 Raku III  – Thierry FINIDORI (Vallauris)

 

 

Ceramic Copper Raku Vase by morphingmolecules etsy

Ceramic Copper Raku Vase

morphingmolecules – etsy

Handcrafted-Raku Maarit Mattanen - Finland

Handcrafted Raku leaves by Maarit Mattanen – Finland

 

 

 

Large-twisted-vase.-Each-piece-of-Raku-Art-is-uniquely-painted-by-fire;-signed-and-dated-by-Master-Raku-Artist,-William-K.-Turner

Matte copper reduction raku vase – William K Turner

 

 

 

Raku-Pottery-by-Rick-Lowenkamp lidded vessel

Covered raku jar – Rick Lowenka

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. robin campo
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    the Malcolm Davis vase is not raku, but cone 10 shino glazed.

  2. jenny
    Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    hello. i’ve just bought two raku vases that are stamped but i cannot identify the maker. is there an expert out there who could help? i’m happy to send photos.

    thank you so much.

    – jenny

  3. albert riboni
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    beautiful work with great information Thank you

  4. anne darr
    Posted July 17, 2016 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    how do I post my work?
    Anne Darr

  5. Posted December 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    How can someone post images of Raul (my own)?

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