Interest in raku has grown enormously in recent years. The excitement and immediacy of this process captures the imagination. It is another form of low firing technique involving a rapid glaze firing cycle. The pre-fired and glazed pots are placed into a raku kiln and heated up to the about 1000 C. They are then taken red-hot out of the kiln using long tongs and placed in a container with sawdust, wood shavings and newspaper and a lid is placed on top to reduce the glaze by drawing out the oxygen from the surface. This gives them their special colouring. No two vessels are the same and the joy at producing something unique is magical.
Raku pots are low fired and therefore porous and should not be used for foodstuffs or holding water.