The history of Raku dates as far back as the 16th century. Traditional Raku pottery is also known to have been used by the Zen Buddhist masters who liked its simple naturalness. Traditionally the pieces are handmade, not thrown.
It consists of putting bisque-fired vessels into a raku kiln (a kiln which can be opened while still very hot), firing up to around 850C then pulling the pots out and placing them in a “reduction chamber” where oxygen is eliminated and then placing in water to cool. The vessels hiss, jump and squirm in the water as they cool down. The thermal energy is evident on the surface of the vessels after they are scrubbed clean. There are several techniques within the raku genre such as “naked”; sagger fired obvara.
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