Portfolio - Pajamas, Naked Raku Fruit, and Raku Jars

Red Pajama with Geisha design
Red Pajama with Geisha design

Handbuilt using slabs. Kimono collar.

Geisha detail
Geisha detail
Red Fan with Moon
Red Fan with Moon

Pajama

3 fans
3 fans

Front image of Pajama

geisha with fish fan
geisha with fish fan

back detail

Portrait of Geisha
Portrait of Geisha

Front image

Samurai
Samurai

detail of back

sunshine naked
sunshine naked

"Naked Raku" using grape leaves from home grown vines. (prices start at $350, sold)

Naked Raku Apple
Naked Raku Apple

Large yellow apple, thrown and burnished. Naked Raku firing technique.

Raku "Pajamas"

These “Pajamas” are raku fired. Raku is an ancient Japanese firing method with post-fired cooling techniques. Each piece is fired a minimum of two times. Glaze is applied before the second firing and the form is placed in a gas kiln. The temperature is slowly raised to 1900 degrees F. You can literally see the glazes melting like molten glass. The piece is taken out with metal tongs and placed in a metal container filled with combustible materials such as shredded paper, sawdust, dry leaves, etc. This material immediately ignites and flames surround the quickly cooling form. A lid is tightly placed over that container and the carbon from the smoky atmosphere is absorbed into the clay and glaze giving it the black to smoky gray appearance on the unglazed surface. Transparent glazes show the crazing “crackle” lines because the rate of contraction differs from the clay. If a high concentrate of copper is used in the glaze, the combination of atmosphere and temperature variations in the container contribute to the colorful patterns.

Raku is an exciting process and is valued for the unique irreproducible patterns of crazing and color.

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White Geisha

12.5" x 10.5" x 4.25"

$350

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Samurai

12" x 10.5" x 4"

$350

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Saturn Orange Geisha

12.5 x 10.5 x 4.5

$350

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Samurai ~ Saturn Orange 

12 x 10.5 x 4.5

$350

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Red Geisha With Fan

11.75" x 10.25" x 4.25"

$350

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 Geisha with Fan
12" x 10.5" x 4"
$325  

Red Butterfly Geisha

12.25" x 10.5" x 4.25"

$350

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Lavender Geisha
12.5" x 10.5" x 4.25"
$350