Raku Pottery – Exploring Textures

This past weekend, I completed a raku pottery firing where I was hoping for some results with interesting textures. The kiln gods did not disappoint and here are a few of the results!

If you are interested in learning more about the process involved in making raku pottery, you can read more about it here.

I altered a few of the variables in the raku firing process to get these textured surfaces, and I am pleased with the results. Some of these pieces are for a solo exhibition later this year. I am looking forward to sharing more information with you about this and other plans for the year.

One of my favourite pieces from the firing, both in terms of form and finish, is this piece:

The brave blue and all the crackly goodness on this vase make me a very happy potter! You can check out more of our raku vases here.

Which vase or finish was your favourite?

44 Comments

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I do love the depth of colour in these pieces. I hope you have a great weekend!

  1. The crackled blue finish is so pretty. It reminds me of the matrix found in turquoise gemstones. The bold combination of blue and purple is also outstanding.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I really love the contrast of colours and textures. The deep blue is my favourite and I can see what you mean as to how it resembles turquoise. I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate the crackle blue finish, those lines of that pieces have made such a great pattern! I hope you enjoy your Friday!

    1. Thanks for your kind words. I think part of what I love about Raku is that there is a level of unpredictability that leads to happy surprises (and some not so happy ones). I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I love raku fired pottery as well. It has so much β€˜character’. I see these pieces enhanced and complimented on display with highly textured and colour harmonized weavings beneath and behind them- and ikebana style arrangements nearby. Lovely posts. Thank you. 😍😘✨

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment! I really like the idea of displaying these with weavings and the ikebana would be a lovely touch!

  3. The textures give the vases character and make them all that more appealing. Variations in texture create crevices and dimples giving the colors more variation. Your creations are awesome. Thank you for following BrewNSpew.

    1. You are 100 percent correct in what you are saying. The glazes actually react with the textures of the pieces too. There are some amazing effects that I have gotten on the inside of vases. I am thinking of making a double walled vase at some point with pieces removed/altered.

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