RAKU- Born of Fire
Raku is the Japanese technique of firing pots in a metal chamber with a blow torch. The fire sucks out all the oxygen, creating reduction, which causes any copper in the glaze to react, creating a sense of fire magic. The glazed surface also crazes, or crackles, and when the pot is taken out if the kiln, red hot, and burried in sawdust, the smoke causes this cracklimg effect to be more pronouced. The smoke also causes unglazed areas to become black, which is a signature of the Raku process.