RAKU FAQ #1 What is Raku?

  
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Raku is a very unique ceramic firing process.  Glaze formulas often contain a lot of copper.  A raku piece is brought to approximately 1800F to 2000 degrees in a short period of time during which it is possible to watch the glaze mature.   At that time, the piece is carefully removed, with long tongs, and placed in a trash can of leaves sawdust and paper which ignite by the heat of the piece.  The lid is then placed on the can that is left to smolder causing a loss of oxygen in the chamber which affects the copper in the glaze. The result is a wide range of colors on the surface of the piece.  No two pieces are alike.  

 

Have Questions? Email us. Following are some FAQs that may be helpful.

FAQ #2 How to Pit Fire
FAQ #3 Care for Raku