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Raku Sculpture in White and Black II

Ceramic Sculpture

Created by Frank Nemick
A thrown clay sculpture fired in the glazed raku method.

Western raku is based on the ancient Japanese raku method of ceramic firing. This method entails taking the piece out of a red hot kiln, and then often putting it into a metal bin full of combustibles, pine needles in this case, where it sits for thirty minutes or so absorbing smoke into any bare clay surfaces and any cracks present in the glaze. This is what gives them their dark lines and surfaces.

This piece is composed of two elements which are detachable for shipping purposes. The top piece fits easily into the bottom piece. Both elements use a structural rigid foam that is not visible once assembled. The top element is partially filled, and the bottom one is completely filled.

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