I Raku fire specific pieces of my work such as thrown bottles, press-moulded cats and fire dragons. I currently use spectrum Raku glazes, (bought from Bath Potters), to glaze my Raku work as they give such beautiful results.
Modern Raku is based on an ancient Japanese firing technique, which involves removing the work from the kiln at 1000c, then burying it in a bed of sawdust until it has cooled to a reasonable temperature, and finally quenching it in water. This method produces intensely coloured, lustrous, crackle glazes, combined with a dark smoked body. It is impossible to precisely predict the outcome of these firings so some wonderful, unexpected results are often obtained.