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Naked Raku Cone Stack with Red and Orange Disks

Ceramic Sculpture

Created by Frank Nemick
This ceramic sculpture is composed of three separate elements with intriguing surface effects. The top and bottom elements have crackled surfaces created using naked raku techniques. The middle element is created from three glazed, raku-fired clay disks in vibrant colors. The distinctive patterning on the cones is indicative of the naked raku process. The piece has several layers of terra sigillata which are all hand polished, giving the vessel a nice sheen.

The artist applies a slip to the pot, then adds a glaze layer. It is fired in the raku kiln and, when taken out of the kiln at a red-hot temperature, is put into a bin of pine needles. The smoke seeps into cracks in the slip/glaze layer. After about 30 minutes of being smoked, it is taken out of the bin and hit with a water stream. This turns to steam and causes the "clothing" to fall away, leaving the "naked" clay surface. There are no waxes or lacquers applied to the surface. Raku is not suitable for holding liquids. The clay surface should be handled with clean dry hands to avoid staining the surface.

Each element is filled with a structural rigid foam that is not visible once assembled. Embedded within the foam is a threaded pipe that maintains the integrity of the piece and allows for assembly/disassembly. Easy assembly required; elements screw together by hand without tools. The correct placement is clearly marked.

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