|ClayArt by Lezlie Finet
|Previous Work - RakuArt
|“Serenity & Bliss”
Raku originated in 16th century Japan by master-potters making the
simple bowls used in the ritual Tea Ceremony.
When adopted by American potters in the 1950s, this ancient rapid-fire
method was further revolutionized by the technique of ‘post-fire reduction’
whereby the pots are removed from the kiln while red-glowing hot and
placed in a container of combustible materials (such as leaves, sawdust and
paper) and sealed until cool.
(Click on picture to enlarge)
The spontaneous reaction of the flames, glazes & smoke create a
synergistic effect, resulting in the variations of smoke-blackened clay
contrasting with the crackled lusters and brilliant metallic flashes of color
that characterize the essence of Raku. We refer to the unexpected
spectacular effects as ‘happy accidents’.
The unpredictability of the outcome, and the up-close & personal
involvement of the process - playing with fire! - appeals to my sense of
adventure and keeps Raku-firing so captivating to me.
And, ever mindful of the Zen Buddhist belief in the harmonious interaction
of earth, wind & fire, it continues to keep my creative spirit alive.
Please note: the intense firing process that gives Raku its unique beauty
also makes it somewhat fragile - thus unsuitable for food or liquid - and
should be enjoyed as decorative art only. Display out of direct sunlight.
If used to hold live plants or flower arrangements,
please use a water-proof liner.