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Presents the Raku and Pit Fired Work of
Vicki Hardin

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  This site showcases the ceramic works of Vicki Hardin that are fired with pit fire and raku techniques.    Here  you may visit Vicki's online gallery and find out where her work is shown.

What is Raku?
Raku is a Japanese inspired method of firing that creates unpredictable smoke patterns and spectacular metallic and crackle effects in the glazes. After initially firing the piece in a kiln, it is glazed and fired a second time.  When the temperature of the piece reaches between 1600 and 1800 degrees and the glaze has melted, the piece is placed in combustible materials (leaves, sawdust and pine needles) in a metal container and covered.  This is called post reduction during which the oxygen is burned out of the glaze taking the colorants back to a metal producing the metallic lusters seen in raku.

For more information go to here for our page on raku and pit fire techniques. 

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