Blessed Heart is a pink raku heart shaped pottery. Size approx. 3in. x 3in. Back view is also shown with the signature of the artist.
Raku is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It is traditionally hand-shaped rather than thrown. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.
It is raku’s unpredictable results and intense color that attract modern potters. These patterns and color result from the harsh cooling process and the amount of oxygen that is allowed to reach the pottery.
Raku became popular with American potters in the late 1950s. Americans kept the general firing process, and formed their own unique style of raku. Water its used to cool the pottery, stopping the reactions of the glaze and fixing the colors. The amount of oxygen that is allowed during the firing and cooling process affects the resulting color of the glaze and the amount of crackle.
Raku means “enjoyment” and “comfort”.