The Raku Process
Raku - an ancient Japanese method of pottery glazing - has been enthusiastically adopted in Africa where its smoky, mysterious lustre fits perfectly into the African sense of style. As a ceramic artist, Gerhard de Beer is a leading exponent of the Raku method.
Each piece of Raku pottery is hand-fashioned out of a sand-based clay, baked in a kiln, individually etched and hand-glazed by an artisit. It is then fired at an extremely high temperature after which it is placed in sawdust where is smolders. This sudden cooling process results in the beautiful and unique crackled glaze.
2. Bisque Firing
4. Raku Kiln
7. Raku Pit
9. Ready for Sale
Raku is instantly recognisable. It has a deep, velvety black body that contrasts with areas of black-stained, green, blue, yellow or white crackled glaze, and the slight imperfections of the crackling give added lustre to the artist's delight in the living colour that the glazes produce. See our Raku Products here.