Raku

Raku is a traditional Japanese (and Korean) technique of glaze firing.

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Glaze firing

Ceramic glazes generally contain silica to form glass, in combination with a mixture of metal oxides.

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Burnishing

Many ancient peoples used burnishing to make their pottery harder and more waterproof before they discovered the use of glazes.

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Firing

When the piece has dried completely – which may take several days – it is fired in the kiln.

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Temari

“Temari balls are a folk art form that originated in China and were introduced to Japan five or six hundred years ago. The balls were originally made by mothers and grandmothers for the children to play with. Historically they were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up…

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Clay

The clay I use is white, red or black low-firing earthenware.

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