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Raku Pottery

Raku can be described as a category of pottery. At its most rudimentary technical level, contemporary raku is differentiated from other pottery protocols by the fact that the ware is fired quickly at low temperatures and cooled quickly as well. Unlike most conventional methods, in which pots are fired over an 8- to 15-hour cycle and unloaded from the kiln after they’ve cooled, raku ware is fired in cycles as short as 15 minutes. When the glaze has matured, the hot pieces are removed from the kiln and cooled in the open air, cooled immediately in water, or smoked in a flammable material during what’s known as a post-firing reduction phase.