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Raku Sculpture and Raku Pottery created in Switzerland

Raku Bowl and Stand

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

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Raku Bowl and stand
Raku Bowl and stand



created in the studio of my
brother Milton in La Chaux de Fonds,
Switzerland and fired in the Jura mountains
of Switzerland..
The bowl and stand are made from slabs
of heavy grogged Raku clay and fired in
a Raku style that produces the unique
effects 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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will find a variety of handmade items
such as sculptured handle stoneware mugs, porcelain Angels, stonewares, sand castles and more!
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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. In the 1920’s Bernard Leach, a well known English potter, learned the Raku technique while in Japan. When he returned to England he experimented with smoking the pottery in combustible materials thus introducing the style well known today. My work uses this smoked style to create a unique and spontaneous look to sculpture inspired by inner thought and peaceful reflection. 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…….
The yellow rimmed raku bowl and pedestal is covered with an original white crackle glaze formula which provided the crackled patterns. The black charcoal smoked appearance of the exposed clay is from the sawdust trying hard to burn against the glowing hot Raku sculpture.
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