What is raku?
Raku is a firing technique that originates in Japan and is used to fire traditional chawan teabowls intended for tea ceremonies. We use a firing process inspired by those techniques in which we fire bisqueware pottery or ceramic sculptural work in a kiln, typically using natural gas or propane as the fuel source. Once the wares in the kiln are at a temperature of about 1850 degrees Fahrenheit the glowing hot ceramic is removed from the kiln and placed into a reduction barrel. The reduction barrel is typically made of metal, such as a metal trash can. Inside the reduction barrel are combustibles; newsprint, sawdust, pine needles, etc. These ignite and the reduction barrel is closed with a metal lid. The combustibles create a reduced amount of oxygen and the glazes and ceramic react in such a way to give you beautiful results varying in blues, purples, reds, greens, gold, and more!
Join us for a packed day with a community raku, picnic lunch, and festivities out in the lush rolling hills of Occidental, CA (1.5 hrs from San Francisco)!
What's included in the Raku Workshop experience?
*Please note that raku fired pots are never fully vitrified, making them not food-safe.