Raku is a very old process originating in Japan. In this process the pot is fired quickly. While it is still molten hot the pot is taken from the kiln with a long pair of tongs and immediately immersed in a bucket of sawdust, leaves or other combustibles. This causes a fire, which produces smoke. Carbon from the smoke penetrates the hot pot causing the clay to become black. Due to the nature of this process and the porosity of the clay, this pot is not intended to hold water.

Raku loosely translated means ‘happiness by chance’

Saggar and Pit

This is a process where a pot is placed inside another lidded pot or in a pit in the ground. The original pot is surrounded by a variety of natural combustibles including hay, sawdust, wire, salts, orange pieces, seaweed and the like, creating a unique mini environment. When the pot is fired, surface colors and the fuming of surrounding materials creates patterns. This piece is unglazed and is not intended to hold water.


This process involves taking a fired pot from the kiln while it is still very hot. As the pot cools horsehair is laid on the surface. The heat from the pot causes the horsehair to sizzle and burn leaving a variety of smoke and line patterns. The resulting pot is unglazed and is not intended to hold water.