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Raku Sculpture Wonder Mask

Raku Sculpture and Raku Pottery created in Switzerland
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Raku Sculpture Mask

Wonder Mask is so named from the look of wonder that was created from the smoke and fire. This Raku sculpture piece is approx. 9 inches long and was created from a slab of a good robust Swiss raku clay. The white crackle glaze created by my brother and I worked beautifully. Sawdust was used to reduce the exposed clay to a nice charcoal black. Penetration into the crackled glass worked very nicely in forming its character. This piece was inspired and created at my brother Milton's pottery in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland. I've always felt a great inspiration when working with my brother!
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My Raku creations come to life in a moment when freedom of mind body and spirit synchronize into a fluid movement of hands and clay. Raku clay for me is a material that can deliver my voice in a way that I have not found in other mediums. The clear way in which raku clay forms in my hands allows me to detach from identifiable thoughts and dance in the bright darkness. There is definition to the boundaries, a distinct line that may not be crossed. When inside the temple's domain of creativity it is best to ride the ride and and be satisfied with the fleeting moment. The Raku technique is that of a very fast kiln firing to a lower temperature maturity. When maturing temperature is reached (usually from 1750 to 1850 degrees F) the ware is removed immediately and cooled in water. The result is an economical, aesthetically pleasing, pottery that does not cause an offensive sound. Raku has come to mean an appreciation of the natural order of things that are fresh and uncomplicated. 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
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