Raku is an ancient Japanese style of pottery where pots are hand-built rather than thrown on a wheel and the firing process is unique and open to chance outcomes – no two pots will be the same, even if glazed with the same glaze and fired in the same firing.
When the temperature in the kiln reaches around 1000°, the pots are removed and, while red-hot, placed in saw dust which catches fire, then covered in order to reduce the amount of oxygen, so that the flames will now take the oxygen from the glazes on the pots. Finally they are placed in water to cool off. This creates stunning metallic effects and completely individual results. Each pot is absolutely unique.