Raku Urns

Raku Urns

The Raku Style: Raku is rapidly fired to around 1,000° c, it is then taken from the kiln whilst still red hot with metal tongs and held in the air for a number of seconds until the glaze crazes, it’s then placed in a container of sawdust, this instantly combusts and the carbon from the burning penetrates through the crazing into the clay whilst turning any unglazed areas black.  The pot is then covered in sawdust and left to cool for several hours, when cool the pot is scrubbed clean to reveal the white glaze and crazing, the burning sawdust is also what gives that distinctive wood smoke smell  which does dissipate over time. The chance occurrence of raku means that no two pieces are alike.


Our Handmade Raku Urn Artists

Chris has been throwing & firing pots for 40 years. His workshop is set in 6 acres of woodland on the banks of the river Tamar. Left untouched the land has water meadows and ponds, which has become a haven for the numerous wildlife in the area. The Tamar Valley has a long mining history and the workshop itself stands close to one of these mines. Tin, copper and tungsten were once mined here and the whole  valley is rich in minerals, some of which are used in Chris’s glaze.

Chris’s raku pots were recently featured in episode 3 of the first series of the BBC’s ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’.  He is also featured in the newly published book ‘The New Age of Ceramics’ by Hannah Stouffer.


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