Raku Pottery Vase: 190247 - Horsehair
This raku vessel has horsehair (the dark squiggly lines) burned onto/into the surface.
It is smooth to the touch. The dark/charcoal like colors are achieved by smoke which the clay absorbs.
Each vessel has a specific number on the bottom and is signed by the artist.
UNSAFE for food or liquid consumption.
POROUS - will not hold liquid.
INDOOR decoration only (not for use outside)
About Raku - The short version is...
First of all, in case you overlooked the 'important notice' section, our raku is NOT safe for food or liquid consumption and is porous, meaning it won't hold water. Most/all raku is like that as well, not just ours.
Based on what I have read, raku dates back to the 16th century in Japan. It was used in a tea ceremony. Raku transformed into something completely different as it traveled to the West and became more for decorative use.
Unlike stoneware, raku pots are removed from the second kiln firing while the kiln is super hot (1300-1800 degrees Fahrenheit) and placed within combustible material to quickly and safely reduce the temperature and to achieve different colors.
After each piece has cooled, they are gently washed, and a polish is applied.
These raku pots are more random in color, whereas our stoneware
pots are all glazed and predictable in color.
Some of these raku pots have glazes, and some are
colored by fumes and smoke.
We only create raku pots randomly and sparsely through the year.
We can, however, let you know when we will have more available.
These items are 'ONE OF A KIND'
We cannot duplicate colors
We can duplicate shapes and sizes
Raku is a very different technique compared to stoneware.
We like this process so much because it allows us to be outside,
we get to play with fire, and we get to be around many friends that help with the process.