the raku technique 

 

raku is a unique firing technique developed in japan that requires several firings.  a raku pot is first fired in a hot kiln.  

 

it is then glazed and fired for a second time in a gas kiln.  after the second firing with the glaze, the pot is taken out of the kiln, using long iron tools and placed in a pit full of sawdust and fired again so that the areas of the pot that have not been glazed become black.  

 

depending on how the pot was glazed, the glaze either becomes crackled or if the glaze consists of metallic oxides, a metallic finish appears.  the raku process creates vibrant colors, subtle textures and a beautiful crackling effect.