3 Magical Effects of Raku

raku effects on pottery vases

One of the things that I love about pottery is the magic of raku.

It is a real game changer.  The kinds of effects you can get from this process are unlike those you can get from conventional firing techniques. You can learn more about how we fire our raku pottery here!

As an added bonus, the effects are unique and one of a kind to each piece.  While you may be able to reproduce a general overall effect, you can not reproduce identical pieces.  You can click on any of the titles of these raku pottery vases for more information

‘Fractal Magic’

The patterns of the cracking on the glaze is very magical and intrigues me.

Fractal Magic
raku pottery vase, white with fractals
raku pottery vase, white with fractals

‘Diana’s Hunt’

I find that using certain reduction materials can cause some very interesting multi-coloured textural effects.

Raku Vase - blue, turquoise, cooper and red
Diana’s Hunt
Raku Vase Details- blue, turquoise, cooper and red
Raku Vase - blue, turquoise, cooper and red

‘A Horse With No Name’

This vase has many things going on!  Hues of red, purple and blue that almost give this vase a landscape quality!

A Horse With No Name
raku pottery vase
raku pottery vase

You can check out more cool one of a kind raku effects here.  Which of these raku pottery vases is your favourite?


  1. This was a beautiful blog and the different effects were all gorgeous. My favorite is the 7th picture with the red colour in it. It looks like a warm fire flowing in the pot and very suitable for the winter season as it fits in with that theme beautifully.. It is absolutely stunning.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot! That pot kind of reminds me of an Arizona landscape, it’s warmth and heat in stark contrast to our early winter.

    2. I also wanted to mention that last night I was outside before bed with the dog, and guess what I saw? Probably 5 meteors, which I am referencing because of your last blog post 😉 I could not find a place to comment there. They were pretty spectacular!

      1. Him Oh brilliant. I am so glad that you got to see the meteors. Ah I wasn’t too sure whether there was a place to comment. so thanks for letting me know on here. It could be because it is a free blog. I am going to be turning my site into a website shortly so it will have a place to comment. Yes they are pretty spectacular. The skies are clear tonight so I am going to go out later on tonight to see them again.Thanks so much for reading my blog and for your lovely connection 🙂

      2. My pleasure! Enjoy the show tonight! I had no idea it was going on until I saw the third meteor in like 2 minutes! I hope it clears here tonight so I can see more! Have a great weekend!

      3. Thanks I will do. I’m so glad you got to experience it. It is a good job I wrote that blog. Yes I hope it clear there too for you. It has for me this evening thankfully. Thank you very much and you have a brilliant weekend too!

  2. They are all very beautiful! My favorite is the fractured lines, reminds me of life and how everything has a special journey, creating an amazing life in the end! 💜

  3. Thank you for your kind words! I love the fractured lines too and that sometimes they end up fracturing in a way that unexpectedly looks like something from real life.

    1. Thanks for your kind words! I really do love ‘A Horse with No Name’ … I have kept his larger cousin which has a similar feel for me!

  4. Thank you for making and sharing. A Horse With No Name is my favorite. It is by virtue of the visual form and volume coupled with such a numinous name. Dig it much.

    1. I really appreciate your kind words and feedback! It is one of my favourite pieces too. I hope the rest of your weekend is goes well.

  5. You know, following you I am learning so much about pottery! I have seen that raku effects before, but never knew they were an “effect” nor what it was called. Those pieces are gorgeous.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Claudia! I can remember a time where I would have had no idea those ‘effects’ were a result of raku! I just love the whole process!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I love the fractal patterns! That is one of the pieces I have decided to keep! I hope you have a great day!

  6. I too loved Raku firing. I found the effects always surprising and beautiful. Depending on the organic matter so many diverse effects can be created. I enjoyed your work. Well done and continue. (I was a fine arts potter for 8 years in California before I hurt my back and couldn’t continue. It was a wonderful life.)

    1. I enjoy playing with the organic material and to some extent temperature and the surprise of the results! What kind of pottery did you make? If you have a link where I can visit to see some of it, I would love to take a look! I love what you are doing with your gardens! It is also something I love!

    1. Thanks so much! Those two pieces are some of my favourites from last year. I hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start,

  7. ❤️ raku pottery. Used to teach ceramics at the High school level. A chance for students to experience a raku firing was magical. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. That must have been so much fun teaching raku to high school students and seeing their wonder and creations! Thanks for sharing 😉 I hope you are having a great weekend.

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