|Raku is a low fired form of pottery developed in sixteenth-century Japan. The firing involves heating
glazed pieces to over 1850 degrees Fahrenheit;
and then removing the ware from the kiln while red-hot. The hot pottery is placed in combustible organic materials which burst into flames. A cover is placed over the materials to reduce the oxygen supply to the fire.
Shortly after this reduction process the work is quickly cooled using cold water. The violent and rapid changes in heat, and the reduction technique the pieces are subjected to, help achieve the attractive surface qualities unique to raku. Metallic, luster, matte, and crackle glazes are features of the raku process. Mike and Monique fire in a kiln they built. Each piece is one-of-a-kind