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Raku

Raku glazes are fired to 950°c in an outside kiln. Post-fired reduction creates the red and metallic effects in the glazes. Crackle effects on the glazed surfaces, and carbon markings on the unglazed areas are created by the rapid cooling when taking the red hot piece out of the kiln and immersing it into combustible materials. This causes localised flames around the object in the sawdust pit and results in the reduction effects. The covering and uncovering of the piece with the wood shavings or leaves, as it cools down produces atmospheric carbon markings. The sculptures are then washed and scrubbed to hopefully reveal their glory!

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