The Raku Process
A Pot Is Placed Into The Kiln and heated
the pot is pulled from the kiln with tongs.
cooler air outside the kiln assaults the glowing vessel
As the cooler air outside the kiln assaults the glowing vessel, the severe temperature change produces cracks in the glaze. These cracks are highly prized as characteristics of traditional raku pottery. They are the “proof marks”piece has survived this dramatic trial by fire.
the piece is then placed into a "reduction chamber"
Upon leaving the kiln the piece is placed into a container or “reduction chamber” filled with leaves, sawdust or a like carbon based material.
The oxygen starved surface sucks the resulting carbon into the cracks and unglazed areas producing the familiar blacks unique to raku.