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Naked Raku

This technique was derived from Raku technique.  It is called “naked” as these pieces do not have a glaze finish.
 
The clay is burnished when it is leather hard, or it can be coated with several layers of a fine particled colored clay called terra sigliatta and then bisque fired.  Before the piece is fired in the Raku kiln, it is coated with a layer of slip (liquid clay).  It is fired in the kiln as regular Raku to about 1750 degrees.  When at temperature, the piece is removed with tongs and placed in a container with combustibles to produce a smoky atmosphere. In the short time it takes to take the pot off the kiln and place it in the can with combustibles, the slip cracks from the quick drop in temperature.  While in the can, the smoke permeates the clay in between those cracks and decorates the pot!  When cool, the pot is removed and quenched.  At this time the layer of slip falls off (or is removed) in the water.  Various shades of white, black and grey can be achieved by varying the composition, application method and thickness of the slip.
 
The final product has no glaze and is purely the “naked” clay with designs produced from the cracking slip and the smoke.

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Obvara Pots

Obvara Pots

The Obvara technique is from 19 C Eastern Europe.  It was used to seal the pots to make them suitable for functional pieces.  They all start out as bare clay (hence the term “naked”) but post firing, they are submerged in a mixture of flour, water, sugar and yeast!  This mixture roasts onto the pots and seals them!  They have a wonderful, earthy aesthetic.

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Fields of Gold

Fields of Gold

This piece is barrel fired with sawdust and wood.  It was sprinkled with various chemicals like sea salt, baking soda, copper carbonate.  You never know how the atmosphere in the barrel will affect each piece.

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Naked Snakeskin

Naked Snakeskin

This piece is barrel fired with sawdust and wood.  It was sprinkled with various chemicals like sea salt  and baking soda then wrapped in seaweed and copper mesh.  You never know how the atmosphere in the barrel will affect each piece

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Naked Raku

Naked Raku

Naked raku pot with smoked neck.

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Naked Raku Pot

Naked Raku Pot

This pot has two different naked raku recipes used on it.  A found, driftwood handle is affixed to the lid and it is wrapped with dyed raffia and adorned with beads made of glass and stone.

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Naked Raku Pot

Naked Raku Pot

This naked raku pot has a lid with a driftwood handle, wrapped with dyed raffia and adorned with glass and stone beads.

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Naked Raku Pot

Naked Raku Pot

This naked raku pot has a lid with a driftwood handle, wrapped in dyed raffia and adorned with glass and stone beads.

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A Naked Piece

A Naked Piece

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