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Raku Sculpture Spike

Raku Sculpture and Raku Pottery created in Switzerland
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Original Raku Sculpture and Raku Pottery Created by Artist
J.W.Gruber

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Raku Sculpture Spike
Raku Sculpture Spike

Spike was created for a piecing boutique
jewelry display. It is pierced in the ears,
eyebrows, nose, tongue and spikes..
Spike was created in the studio of my
brother Milton in La Chaux de Fonds,
Switzerland and fired in the Jura mountains
of Switzerland..
The sculpture is made with a heavy grogged
Raku clay and fired in a Raku style that
produces the unique affects seen in the picture.
The smoked color and crackle lines are
typical of this style.
It is approx. 13 inches high

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The Raku sculpture Spike was created from slabs of good robust raku clay. An original white crackle glaze formula was used and provided very nice crackled patterns. The glaze needed to stress crackle fairly consistently once it was removed from the kiln fire at approx. 1750 degrees F and placed into a tub full of sawdust igniting the sawdust in a blaze of fire. The resulting smoke then penetrated every area that was not glazed including the crackles in the glaze as it cooled. The black charcoal appearance is the smoke from the sawdust embedded in the raku clay body. The contrast with the glazed portion worked beautifully! Raku as a sculptural technique is relatively new compared to the origin of it's inception and even older when considering the birth of it's inspiration. Originally the Raku technique was used to create tea sets for the Japanese tea ceremony. It was developed in the 16th century by Chojiro, the son of pottery makers Ameya and his wife Teirin. Chojiro's work so pleased the ruling territorial lord that he was given the title symbol "Raku" from the Chinese character Kanji meaning enjoyment, pleasure, contentment There is a certain freedom that attracts me when working with Raku. Perhaps it is the spiritual foundation from which Raku originated or maybe it’s the necessary relinquishing of control in the firing. Or it may be just the simplicity of black and white symbolically represented. A Yin and Yang of its potential to express. Probably it is all these things. When a piece transcends the fire and smoke and is revealed for the first time I am thankful for being a part of its transformation from earth to clay to fire to water …..to art….to life……
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