Raku Gallery


Raku pieces are decorative only. These are not suitable for water storage as it is porous. For best results, keep indoors and out of direct sunlight.



Dragonfly Raku

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point, it was decorated with dragonfly stencil, and glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze. Then the stencil was removed so the design would come out black through carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.

Raku Area

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point, it was decorated with a dragonfly stencil, then glazed with Spectrum Tuscan Sun outside and inside. A coat of Bee Balm Handiwork clear crackle glaze was applied outside then the stencil removed so the design would come out black through carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.

Raku Belly Vase with angles

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. Decorated with tape, glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze, then the tape was removed so the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.




Raku with Red Copper

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. Decorated with a plant stencil, glazed with Red Copper glaze, then the stencil was removed so the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.

Raku Vase with blue dolphin and Dragonfly

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. Decorated with hand painted dragon fly, painted on in wax resist, and glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze. The dragon fly design was cleaned so that no glaze remained and the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.

Raku Vase

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point it was decorated with fern and dragonfly stencils, and glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze. Then the stencils were removed so the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.




Raku Tile

This piece was slab rolled with a rolling pin and then cut to an 8" x 8" tile shape, dried carefully so that it stayed flat and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point, it was decorated with a tree stencil. Then the moon was painted in using underglazes and then coated with Bee Balm Handiwork Clear Crackle glaze. The tile around the moon was glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze. The stencil was removed so that the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, then placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.



Turquoise & Copper Bowl

This piece was thrown on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point it was decorated with plant, hummingbird and dragonfly stencils inside and out, and glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Red Copper glaze. It was then given a coat of Bee Balm Handiwork Clear Crackle glaze over the entire inside, and over a few spots on the outside. The combination of Red Copper and Clear Crackle turn turquoise through the Raku firing. Then the stencils were removed so the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, removed from kiln and placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.

Raku Tile

This piece was slab rolled with a rolling pin and then cut to an 8" x 8" tile shape, dried carefully so that it stayed flat and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point, it was decorated with a tree and owl stencils. Then the moon was painted in using underglazes and then coated with Bee Balm Handiwork Clear Crackle glaze. The tile around the moon was glazed with Bee Balm Handiwork Blue Dolphin glaze. The stencil was removed so that the design would come out black through the carbon reduction on the naked clay. Raku fired to 1850 degrees, then placed in reduction chamber with brown paper. Finished with clear acrylic spray for protection.




Raku firing is a distinct process of glazing, firing and finishing a piece of pottery. It is done in an extremely hot gas kiln and then removed while the ceramic piece is still red-hot or molten. When removed, the ceramic piece is then placed in a reduction chamber – usually a simple metal bin or container – filled with sawdust or paper. The extreme heat from the ceramic piece then ignites the combustible material in the reduction chamber, which is then sealed for a while. What happens inside the reduction chamber next is the key to the unique and unpredictable colors and patterns of each raku ceramic piece. It is also a drastic thermal shock, which can cause a nice crackling of the glaze finish, but it can also cause the piece to break in the process. The pieces are usually created out of clay made with some amount of grog (small particles of sand or stone) to give it the strength needed to withstand the stress of the raku process.
Only the strong survive!