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Art of the Day: Friday June 09, 2006

Mini Raku Bowl

- by Cynthia Gaub

This week's theme: Raku

Raku is a method of firing pottery. Each piece of pottery is fired in a kiln until the piece reaches about 1800 F. The piece is removed, while red hot and placed in a metal can with some sort of combustible material, like paper or sawdust. When this material ignites, the fire and smoke react with the glaze to create unique and unpredictable colors, lusters, and patterns.

Raku pieces are porous and the glazes are very often toxic. They cannot be used for liquids and many foods but they are suitable for any dry item - and of course, Raku pieces are beautiful to look at.

-Melissa Morton


Art: Mini Raku Bowl by Artist Cynthia  Gaub
My first attempts at both raku and throwing on a wheel. I love the texture of this little dish. It is earthy and simple. The process of Raku is exciting and full of FIRE and FEAR and PASSION. While the process of throwing on a wheel requires patience, focus and strength. It is both peaceful and demanding. I love the combination of these two opposite techniques in one compact and elegant piece.

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Detail Image for art Mini Raku Bowl

Detail Image for art Mini Raku Bowl

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