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Completing Raku Pottery

Recently fired  raku pottery ready for completing

These four pieces were recently fired and are now ready for the finishing process to ready them for sale.

Completing raku pottery usually involves several steps. The accompanying picture shows 4 raku pots recently fired and ready for completion. Because of the fiery, smokey raku process, they often have some residual ash which I clean off with a dampened rag. I also check the bottom of the pot (called the foot rim) for any roughness which could scratch the surface of anything it was set upon. If it is rough, a little sanding smooths it.


The next part of completing raku pottery is a very fun step for me! Some of the pieces ‘stand alone’ beautifully without ‘calling’ for additional embellishment. Others, even with gorgeous raku coloration, seem to ‘speak’ for an accent. I love mixed media and have quite a ‘stash’ of materials which I collect anytime I see them. When I see a piece I want to embellish, I literally see it completed in my mind’s eye and go about making it a reality. Such is the case with this piece pictured here.

Raku pot recently fired ready to have an accent applied.

This raku pot has stunning coloration but seemed to ‘call out’ for an accent.



Following my instincts, I completed this raku pot by adding a copper wire collar with a spiral which holds a copper heart charm. In my opinion, it’s now complete!




Raku pot with copper wire and charm embellishment.

Here is the same raku pot previously seen, now complete with its accent!