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Raku is the fastest and possibly most dramatic method of firing ceramics. Developed out of the original ancient Japanese technique, biscuit ware is fired up to approximately 1000°C. in less than an hour - a normal glaze firing takes between 10-12 hours. Once the pots are glowing hot, they are removed from the kiln using long tongs and placed into bins containing sawdust. This fast drop in temperature causes 'thermal shock' to occur which creates the black lines that are characteristic of raku.

Emma uses the slip resist technique, which stops the glaze sticking to the surface of the piece. She has completely dispensed with the use of coloured glazes and relies on the effect that the intense heat and rapid change in temperature has on the clay surface and body.

Colour and contrast is introduced into each piece by way of gold and copper leaf, which is used to emphasise preciousness and also as a response to the distinctly organic feel of the rims and flat surfaces.This unpredictable and intense firing process invests each piece with a unique character, which is wholly determined by this alchemy of fire. Such abandonment to chance is in stark opposition to the controlled process she employs when making her precise forms.

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Raku Ceramic Sculptures BY Emma Johnstone

A Sublime Range of Contemporary Raku Fired Ceramics.
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