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Naked Raku Vessel with Red and White Terra Sigilata

Ceramic Sculpture

Created by Frank Nemick
A thrown clay vessel fired in the naked raku method. The distinctive patterning is indicative of this process. The piece has several layers of terra sigilata which are all hand polished, giving the vessel a nice sheen.

The artist applies a slip to the pot, then a glaze layer is applied. It is fired in the raku kiln and, when taken out of the kiln at a red-hot temperature, is put into a bin of pine needles. The smoke seeps into cracks in the slip/glaze layer. After about 30 minutes of being smoked, it is taken out of the bin and hit with a water stream. This turns to steam and causes the "clothing" to fall away, leaving the "naked" clay surface.

There are no waxes or lacquers applied to the surface. Raku is not suitable for liquids. The clay surface should be handled with clean dry hands to avoid staining the surface.

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