I was a student at WSU when I got hooked on ceramics. We used a wood burning, very inefficient kiln that took hours to reach the relatively low temperature required for “RAKU” ware. I graduated and went on to graduate school at the University of Hawaii majoring in ceramics and sculpture.
The Japanese fired in the “Raku” method back in the 16th century using lead based glazes on hand made pieces used in the tea ceremony. Removing the piece from the kiln while it is still very hot and placing it in a combustible such as dried leaves or straw which ignited caused the glaze to vary in ways that the traditional high fire did not.
Earth, water, fire: All the elements come together to form unpredictable patterns so that each piece becomes a unique experience that couldn’t be duplicated even if I wanted to.
Today there are a variety of “Raku” firing techniques. Copper is used in the glazes resulting in some very colorful reduced glazes. There is also “Horse hair” and the “crackle” glaze that I primarily use.
Ceramic Raku Vases & Boxes
These vases & boxes come in so many sizes, shapes & colors! Some boxes have hand carved wooden pin closures and, others have unique ceramic or Mahjong handles. Like the ceramic spheres below, these pieces sell too rapidly to inventory online...please contact the gallery to see what we currently have (or better yet pop by to see them in person).
Various sizes from 5"h - 10"h
Vases: $45—$200 Boxes: $110—$160
Hand painted, sanded, and waxed. Great indoor sculptural pieces or fun for outdoor garden art. These pieces sell too rapidly to inventory online...please contact the gallery to see what we currently have (or better yet pop by to see them in person).
Various sizes from 3" - 16"