raku pottery

japanese raku pottery

Japanese Raku Pottery – Raku Ware Past and Present

For a long time, Japanese raku pottery remained a mystery to me.  I like to make raku pottery, and I was aware that the techniques I had learned are western raku methods.  I knew that these were different from the Japanese methods.  But I felt a bit intimidated and ill-equipped to understand Japanese raku.  However,…

raku firing temperature

What is the Recommended Raku Firing Temperature?

Raku firing pottery is often described as a low fire fast method of glazing or finishing your pottery.  But if you are thinking of firing raku, you might be wondering what exactly is the recommended raku firing temperature?  In the context of a raku firing temperature, what does ‘low fire’ mean? Raku pottery is often…

can you seal raku pottery

How to Seal Raku Pottery – Can Raku be Waterproof or Food safe?

Raku pottery can look lovely.  However, it is porous and fragile. The question of whether raku be waterproof has been debated for a long time.  And there has been much debate around can raku be food safe.  This article looks at these issues and considers if there are effective ways of how to seal raku…

firing a DIY raku kiln

How to Raku Fire Pottery- Tips on the Raku Firing Process

Since I started using my DIY raku kiln, I have picked up some tips on the raku firing process.  It took me a few tries at firing a raku kiln to use it successfully.  And I imagine that the same is true for other people starting out.  So, I thought I’d write an article and…

how to make your own raku kiln

How to Make a Raku Kiln – An Easy Step by Step Guide

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to make a raku kiln.  I had made raku pottery in workshops and under the guidance of other potters.  But I had yet to take the plunge on my own if you’ll pardon the pun.  I decided it was time to take that step, so I only…

how to glaze raku pottery

How to Glaze Raku Pottery – Glazing and Underglazing Raku

Raku firing is quite different from regular firing in a gas or electric kiln.  If you are new to raku, this may have left you wondering if raku glazing techniques are different too.  When I started out in raku, I was left with similar questions.  I wanted to know exactly how to glaze raku pottery…

best clay for raku pottery

The Best Clay for Raku Pottery – Choosing a Raku Clay

When I started looking into raku firing, I was keen to avoid my pottery cracking as it cooled.  I knew that it was common for potters to lose their work as it was taken from the raku kiln.  So, I started to look into what might be the best clay for raku pottery, and this…

How to clean raku pottery

How to Clean Raku Pottery – Let Your Raku Shine

There are two occasions when you might want to clean raku pottery.  If you have made or bought a piece of raku you might want to know how to keep it dust-free.  Or, you may want to know how to clean off the carbon residue left from the firing process.  This article is mainly about…

what is raku pottery

What is Raku Pottery? A Beginners Guide on How To Make Raku

One of the things I love about pottery and ceramics is that they are very elemental.  With its dramatic mix of earth, fire, air and water raku firing is one of the grittier approaches to pottery.  So, what is raku pottery, and how is it made? Raku is a low fire process, reaching around 1830F…