This is a gallery of different pieces of pottery that interest me very much. There are some that are done by potters that I know myself. The examples range from more eastern styles, like Japanese pottery, Chinese pottery, and Western pottery from America and Europe that can include variations of the eastern styles.
A very long time ago, in Japan raku firing was invented and the pieces that were fired in this technique were used in Japanese tea ceremony. The traditional technique involved firing the piece to a relatively low temperature (resulting in a very porous piece), and when the pieces are still very hot, they’re removed from the kiln and either put in water to cool very quickly, or left out in the air to cool. Usually the glazes were made with lead, but soon when the royalty drinking tea out of these lead-based cups were getting sick, they decided to stop using lead based glazes. Now western raku is not much different except that when you pull it out of the kiln, you place the ware in a container full of combustible material (like paper, hay, etc…) and it catches on fire and then you close the container and the flame burns out all of the oxygen and the container fills up with smoke that turns the clay black. Also nowadays, we don’t drink or eat with raku pieces due to there porosity.
here’s a raku joke…