Cass Leroux (AW)
Raku originated in 16th Century Japan. The word means pleasure or enjoyment.  

In the 1960's American artists pioneered the modern Western practice of this ancient technique.  In Western practice, the red hot work is removed from the kiln with tongs and subjected to an oxygen-starved atmosphere (reduction chamber).  This process creates unique surface effects; from fine crackles to brilliant metallic colors. The numerous variables in forming, glazing and firing unite to create infinite variety in their appearance, energy and beauty.

Raku reveals it's secrets gradually, and although some control is gained with experience, the range of possibility and innovation that reside in raku practice keeps it always exciting, deep and vibrant.  These are the qualities that keep us captivated by the enigma of Raku.

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