Raku is a type of Japanese pottery that was created in the 16th century. Its original purpose was for making tea bowls used in tea ceremonies. I do love matcha! I also love raku painted pottery! The pottery is known for its unique look: metallic, crackle, blacken exposed clay and lustrous colors. I had the opportunity to paint two pieces while at Desert Dragon Pottery in Phoenix.
- Painted with raku glazes
- Placed them in a kiln until it reached 1900 degrees F
- Removed them from the kiln and placed them on the ground atop shredded paper
- Covered each with shredded paper
- Covered each with a metal container
- Waited 20 minutes
- Removed them from the containers and placed them in water to cool