“I first learned the ancient Japanese technique of raku – 楽, meaning ‘enjoyable, comfort, ease’ – in Jerusalem. I fell in love with its technical demands and aesthetic intensity, and have been on a journey into its possibilities ever since.
My work explores the tension between this dramatic, intense, and fast firing technique and the aesthetic possibilities of elemental qualities and shapes. In raku, the pot is brought to 1000°C in less than 1 hour and then, while it glows red-hot, it is removed from the kiln with tongs and placed into a bin of sawdust. The thermal shock as the temperature rapidly drops causes fine cracking in the glaze on the surface of the body. As the sawdust smoulders, the carbon produced is absorbed into the cracks in the glaze, staining the surface of the pot in a dramatic and distinctive pattern.