The Raku pots that we make have been fired in an outdoor propane kiln to approximately 1000 degrees centigrade. The pot is then removed from the kiln using long tongs and immersed into a mixture of wood shavings and shredded paper. A lid is then placed on the container and the pots are allowed to smoke and fume until a unique glazed surface is achieved.
Depending on the size of the pots they are allowed to cool naturally in the straw and embers or the smaller pots are quenched in water to “freeze” the glaze. Due to the immense thermal shock that the pots endure there are often small cracks and fissures in the pots and this means that the pots will usually still be porous and unsuitable for holding water. These pots are also not food safe.