Raku Vase in Turquoise
Raku Vase in Turquoise
Raku Vase in Turquoise
Raku Vase in Turquoise
Raku Vase in Turquoise
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Raku Vase in Turquoise

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The design on the rim of this turquoise raku vase reminds me of a cityscape. The black rim is set off by the deep turquoise glaze that shows flashings of copper towards the bottom.This piece is approximately 6' high and 8" wide.

Raku is an ancient technique of firing clay, the roots of which go back to 16th century Japan. Unlike other glaze firings where the kiln is slowly brought up to temperature and then allowed to cool slowly, raku is fired very quickly--from room temperature to 1850 and back to room temperature in about an hour. When the kiln has reached the correct temperature, it is opened, the pieces are removed using long tongs, placed in a pit lined with sawdust, and quickly covered with a metal pot or container that is lined with straw. The combustibles use up the oxygen in the container, producing beautiful metallic colors. The unglazed areas of the pot absorb carbon from the burning organic matter and become black. If the metal container is lifted at the correct moment during cooling, oxygen is added to the environment, the glaze cools at a more rapid rate causing a beautiful crackle pattern without the luster. The crackle pattern shows up beautifully as those minor cracks in the glaze absorb the carbon and turn black. 

Please not that raku wear is NEVER food safe or water proof.  If you want to add flowers, use dried or put the stems in a ziplock bag with water and zip the bag closed as far as possible.