Ceramic Raku Mussel Shell

Ceramic Raku Mussel Shell


Raku means "enjoyment", "comfort" or "ease" and is derived from Jurakudai, the name of a palace in Kyoto, that was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the 1500s. I love the raku process because of the unpredictable nature of the finished product.

This mussel shell was formed by hand and fired in the traditional raku method of pulling the piece from the kiln while still molten hot, and submerging in a container filled with combustible materials. As the piece cools, the smoke created from the contact between the hot clay and the combustible bits permeates the piece, and creates beautiful and sometimes unexpected results in the finished item.

This shell was made in 2012 and measures 6'' long by 4'' wide and 3.25'' tall.

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