A beautiful Horsehair Raku lidded jar with turquoise green glaze inside, 4.5"H x 4"W at the belly with a 2.5 opening. Raku is not food safe.
The piece is wheel thrown and has a terra sigillata exterior treatment applied and burnished at the leather hard stage. It is then kiln fired twice, first fired for bisque, then glazed and kiln fired to 1950°F, the temperature is then reduced to 1200°F before the piece is removed. While the pot is cooling, horsehair is applied to the hot exterior and carbonaceous designs are burned into the clay. Once completely cold the pot exterior is sealed with a sealer to keep the the piece from fading or yellowing.
Raku is pottery ware and a firing technique originated in 16th century Japan. The pottery shapes may be similar, but the outcome of the firing will always be different. No two pots will ever look alike. So they are truly one of a kind.
This would make a special gift for that special someone or yourself and could be used as a memorial urn.
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