Paul Westley Experimental Raku PotteryRaku is a traditional Japanese firing method. It involves firing the pottery to circa 1040°C and then either plunging them into water or something combustible (sawdust is the norm, although dry leaves, newspaper or hay could be used) or left to stand and cool (cooling at a much faster rate than kiln cooling). It is an inexact science – the crackling of the glaze and metallic lustres are a desired result, although the process itself (thermal shock) can be highly destructive and not all pieces survive.

I am especially pleased with this beehive type vase, 15cm height.

Paul Westley Experimental Raku Pottery