Raku Fired Pottery

THE RAKU FIRING PROCESS

Raku is a variation of smoke or atmospheric ceramic firing. Raku firing is an ancient method and there are many variations, Natalie’s way is to place a bisque fired vessel in a gas fired kiln. Depending on the type of glaze, she raises the kiln temperature rather quickly to desired heat, (about 1500 degrees for naked raku ), when she sees the glaze has matured, she quickly removes the vessel, using tongs, to a shallow hole in the ground, covers it with combustible material such as newspaper, wood chips, or hay and then tightly covers it with a tin lid. She uncovers it a few minutes later and sprays cold water on it. See Natalie’s Raku Pottery.