Copper Fumed Raku Pot
Stunning copper fumed raku pot or vase by pre-eminent raku potter, Pat Armstrong. With striking iridescent golds, blues, purples, greens, yellows and oranges all on an earth tone base. These designs are very hard to come by now. Late 20th century.
H: 20.5 W: 17.5cm D: 17.5cm
Raku is a traditional 16th century Japanese technique of firing ceramics, which is closely linked to the Tea Ceremonies. This method of firing differs from other forms as the pot is removed from the kiln while it is at it’s maximum temperature & treated to a ‘post firing reduction’ phase whereby the pot is placed into a container with a combustible material such as sawdust. This is then allowed to smoke for a predetermined length of time, resulting in an increased measure of carbon within the contained atmosphere which reacts and affects the clay and glazes, creating the distinctive style which is seen in Raku fired works.
Copper fuming is achieved by the application of a 90% Copper Oxide and 10% glaze mixture on to the surface of the pot, which is then fired in true Raku style. This gives beautifully vibrant colours and occasionally a velvet textured finish is also achieved. This technique is notoriously difficult to control but the results are truly marvelous.