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Glazed Raku Vessel with Red and Purple

Ceramic Sculpture

Created by Frank Nemick
This wheel-thrown clay vessel was fired using the glazed raku technique. The distinctive patterning is indicative of this process.

Permanent colors are applied to the unfired vessel. It is then bisque fired, and a glaze is applied to the surface. It is again fired in a large kiln to approximately 1900 degrees F. It is taken out of the kiln while red hot, and then put into a hole in the ground with pine needles and cardboard boxes. A metal bin is placed over it and it is left to smoke for an hour or so, allowing carbon from the smoke to seep into the cracks of the glaze.

Raku is not suitable for liquids. The clay surface should be handled with clean dry hands to avoid staining the surface.

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