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#3235
Re: Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
What is Raku? Anybody have any nice examples to show me?
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#3316
Re:Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Svartr- raku has several different looks, one is a white heavily crackled glaze with lots of black lines, one is a super shiny metallic sheen in a whole spectrum of colors, sometimes pieces have unglazed areas that turn black from the carbon in the atmosphere. It all looks smoky and kind of 'burnt' for lack of a better descriptor. I tried to upload a picture of an older pot of mine but it errored. I'll try again tomorrow.

One of my favorite raku potters is Steven Branfman if you'd like to google him. He does a very specific form and style of raku, and there is a lot out there, but his work would give you a solid idea of what it looks like.

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#3329
Re:Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Here's a link to google images of examples of raku.
bit.ly/bVwFSU

Zephyr, to upload images in a forum post, they should not contain any other characters other than alpha numeric and must be no larger than 800x800.
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#3340
Re:Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Thanks for the response Zephyr, and for the link Cathy
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#3374
Re:Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Here we go. I really love the organic nature of clay, and raku adds a bit of an element of surprise that is great fun. At the bottom and the lip of this vase is a cobalt glaze and the body is a white crackle. I am looking forward to many variations of this theme in the future!
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#3376
Re:Raku 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Something that I forgot to mention about raku for those of you unfamiliar, is that American Raku is non-functional ceramic work. This means that it is not intended to be used for food, and in most (all?) cases raku work is not vitrified and cannot hold water. It is a purely decorative craft.
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