Their technique is called Naked Raku. They call it naked because they
expose the unadorned, earthly beauty of the clay. They celebrate such
natural grace by allowing it to speak with its own voice. They call it
raku because they fire in the tradition of Japanese potters. Naked Raku
succeeds tradition by using a slip/glaze combination as a resist to the
Raku firing gives unique smoke and crackle pattterns to the surface.
Each raku piece undergoes tremendous thermal shock as it is lifted from the kiln and swiftly
placed in a container of combustibles - like banana leaves - where it burns, smolders and cools.
The artists nurture and celebrate the changes natural forces make on their work during the
Raku process. Raku, as a ceramic style, began in Kyoto, Japan the 16th century by an artisan
named Chojiro (1516-1589) under the direction of a Zen tea master, Sen no Rikyo.