Leafy Happiness Vessel. Raku-fired and glazed stoneware. 9 x 3 x 3. 2021.
This one-of-a-kind ceramic vessel is fired using the Raku method, which refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese Raku-firing. Western-style Raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while it is still intensely hot and placing it into a container (such as a metal can) with combustible materials (such as newspaper). Once the materials ignite, the container is closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in the glazes and clay body. The drastic thermal shock often produces a “crackling” surface. Raku firing really is one of the most natural techniques that you can encounter in pottery. All of nature’s elements are used— earth, fire, air, and water. The earth is used to make the vessel, it is fired using a reduction of air, then it is plunged into the water—which halts the firing process. Raku-fired ceramics are porous, so they are not food safe nor do they hold water. These “Leafy Happiness Vessels” feature bold, graceful, leaf-shapes circling the vessel’s opening. The term “Raku” literally translates as “happiness in the accident”, which speaks to the “accidental” and unexpected effects of the Raku process—resulting in a unique and beautiful surface.
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