Smoky / Raku Twig Vase / Ceramics
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'Smoky' is a delightful raku vessel, lovingly handmade by Diane Parker.
Size: (h) 140mm
Please note: Raku vessels are not waterproof and best for dried flowers and twigs.
The Raku Process
Raku was developed in Kyoto,Japan, during the Momoyama period 1573-1615 AD. The vessels are fired to 1000 degrees celcius and when glazes are molton, wares are removed from the kiln and placed in a bed of sawdust to cool. The black colour on unglazed areas, like the inside of the pot is the result of carbon entering the clay body.
Raku ware is purely decorative and because it is low fired, the ware is still porous, therefore will not hold water. Raku is for inside use, there is risk of breakage if placed outside in the rain and frost.
Diane Parker’s love affair with clay began as a young artist growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s and being surrounded by New Zealand made stoneware pottery, both domestic and sculptural. In 2005 she enrolled at the Otago School of Art as a distance Student for the Diploma in Ceramic Arts. It was during these years that Diane gained the ‘cornerstones’ of her ceramic/potting education and the foundation for future endeavours.
Diane’s work has been selected and represented in National as well as provincial Exhibitions. She currently tutors at The Waikato Society of Potters and has been a member, on and off, for the past 35 years holding positions as both President and Treasurer of the Society.