About Raku Pottery

Raku pottery generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere by starving the area of oxygen, which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking, which is known as crackling since it is deliberate.

The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Art In Motion’s Raku pottery usually sits in a kiln for about four hours to reach the desired temperature. It is then removed and placed in an aluminum container filled with an assortment of combustible materials. After cooling, the piece is removed from the container, brushed, cleaned, and given a clear coat to protect the design created for years to come.