RAKU POTTERY is an ancient Japanese technique. The final firing is done in a gas kiln and the pieces are fired to 1800 degrees. Then they are placed in a container with combustible material. Once the wood shavings are on fire the container is closed to cut off the oxygen. This creates the lusters and textures.
Every firing is like being a child on Christmas morning. When you open the pits to see your pieces you never know what you are going to get. The pieces come out covered in soot and they need to be washed. The colors come alive as you scrub them and they begin to show their true beauty.
These pieces are decorative only.