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Glaze - No Glaze

What kind of a glaze is no glaze? Well with Raku, what is left unglazed is sometimes almost as exciting as what is glazed. You can achieve everything from bare clay color, to gray, to deep black by controlling the smoke in the posting firing reduction process. If you reduce in an open container or with little to no reduction materials, the piece will stay clay colored. If the piece is packed against reduction materials so smoke cannot easily penetrate the clay it will appear various shades of gray. If the piece is exposed to massive amounts of smoke, it will penetrate the clay and produce and nice flat black color. Jim Romberg is one example of a Raku potter that attempts to influence the effect of smoke on each piece he fires.




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