Workshop

Raku technique

This is an old Japanese technique of making for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The host and the guests alike would design and form the dishes and cups for their Enjoyment Ceremony. This ritual was part of their social contact and a way of communication amongst themselves.

The same feelings are experienced today when in contact with Raku ware.
They are fired once or twice on an open fire not exceeding 1000 C.
The clay remains porous and receptive to the magical absorption of smoke after it has been adorned with crystallized glass colored with metallic acids.

The presence of silver nitrate makes the random, uncontrolled striations that are characteristic of Raku.
Even though Raku was used as a form of expression, it also has the ability to be used to satisfy modern demands and applications, such as microsculptures, drown wall hangings and big flat items.

The forms, which are earthly but also transcendental, give birth to one another, are drawn together, are drawn apart, are lost and then appear in my eyes to tell stories that erase in time.