The actual firing of Raku differs from traditional cone firing in that it is relatively fast, and the pot is removed from the kiln while still hot, and placed in a pit or can with combustible materials such as straw, leaves, paper, or sawdust. This is where most of the reduction takes place. The pots are then dunked in water or cooled with a strong fan. The process makes Raku pottery somewhat more fragile, but the results are quicker and the glazes used often provide dramatic results.--Ruth Mitchell
Raku pots by Jamie Cooper now on display at the Bottle Tree Gallery.
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