RAKU pots begin life like any other pot, being thrown or hand built and then bisque
fired to about 1400 degrees F. They are then glazed and dried. The next step is
a warming oven to reduce the shock of being placed into a kiln that is already hot.
Here you can see the pots being loaded from the warming kiln on the right into the
raku kiln on the left. In the raku kiln the pots are heated to a temperature of
about 1800 F.
The raku pots are then cooled and cleaned to remove the excess carbon deposits. This
stage is where the pots first begin to reveal the changes that we have created by
using the raku process.
At last we reach the finished product! We can achieve bright copper colors, dramatic
contrasts of black and white, and all sorts of beautiful gradations of color! Click
on the images below to see larger pictures of our RAKU pottery!