California Ceramics

Serendipitous Ceramics

At a fun little ceramics workshop this weekend in Laguna Beach, I was introduced to American Raku, a style of ceramics that has ties to 16th century Japanese tea ceremonies.

Low temperature glazes are used with a really hot quick firing and ‘reduction’ time in a container with flaming newspapers and sawdust, a process allowing lovely random effects, encouraging the artist to relinquish control of the finished article.

With these little vessels, I was inordinately excited to see how the glaze turned out… I love the unpredictable colouring and the crackling pattern, reminiscent of something perhaps long lost and unearthed.

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