Northwest Style Raku
The Pacific Northwest is rugged, cultured, diverse...and home.
The four seasons are a vast color wheel at Spirit Line Pottery Studio.
From the texture of mountains to the fluidity of wild surf,
It's all there in the clay.
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Wabi Sabi Vase and Enso Vase
Permanent display Wild Ginger Restaurant, Seattle
Raku O-Pots, Unglazed Orchid Pottery
From the noble kilns of Japan
during the 1600's...
The Raku family first developed the art of taking ceramics red-hot from the
kiln then tempering them with natural elements: fire, smoke, air and water.
Raku Kiln 1850* F
The imperfections or scars left on the pieces from burning
pine needles, newspaper, wood shavings & the welding tongs,
become the organic designs that make raku collectible.
The bare raku pottery is blackened from the primitive
oxygen reduction process while the glazes react in unusual ways.
The resulting patinas on glazed raku can change (oxidize)
over the years adding to the aesthetic value.
Modern American raku is not used for food or water,
but orchids and air plants love the carbon infusion!
Custom Raku O-Pot w/ Organic Style Tray
Unglazed Orchid Pottery February 2017