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Raku and Pit Fire Ceramics

I love taking my work outdoors and experimenting with pit firing, Raku and other ancient pottery techniques. Any Raku pottery for sale will be uploaded into my shop.

The Raku firing process has its roots in ancient Japanese pottery, where the clay pieces were removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. Today, most Raku firings involve placing the pieces in combustible materials to produce the signature black, porous surface caused by the reduction process. Raku glazes are often crackle white or shiny rainbow colors.

Pit firing is the oldest known method of firing ceramics. Pots are nestled together in a pit dug into the ground and the combustible materials such as wood and leaves are layered on top. Colors are produces by using metal oxides and salt along with the combustible materials.

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