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Naked Raku Stack in Whites, Blacks, and Coral

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 the distinctive crackled surfaces of the naked raku technique. They have several layers of terra sigillata, which are hand polished for a nice sheen. The middle element is created from three glazed, raku-fired clay disks in vibrant orange coral colors.

To create the naked raku elements, Nemick first applies layers of slip and glaze to the clay. The piece is fired in the kiln, taken out when red-hot, then put into a bin of pine needles, which burst into flame. The smoke seeps into cracks in the slip/glaze layer. After about an hour of being smoked, the piece is taken out of the bin and hit with water. This turns to steam, causing the "clothing" to fall away, leaving the "naked" clay surface. There are no waxes or lacquers used as these obscure the clay surface. The clay surface should be handled with clean, dry hands to avoid staining the surface.

Each element is filled with structural rigid foam that is not visible once assembled. This adds strength and stability and allows threaded steel rods to be embedded within for assembly/disassembly. Easy assembly required; elements screw together by hand without tools. The correct placement is clearly marked.

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