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KATE HUNTER - Raku Bud Ceramic Vase

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 Hand built ceramics by local Silversmith & artist Kate Hunter.

Raku Bud Vase Dimensions: Approximately 3.5cm across the base and 8cm tall.

***PLEASE NOTE: These Vessels are purely decorative, due to the porous nature of Raku pottery, they cannot hold  water, but are perfect for dried flowers or just as ornaments.

Raku ware (楽焼raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. It is traditionally characterised by being hand-shaped rather than thrown, fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures, lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.


The Western version of raku was developed in the 20th century by studio potters. Typically wares are fired at a high temperature, and after removing pieces from the kiln, the wares are placed in an open-air container filled with combustible material, which is not a traditional Raku practice in Japan. The Western process can give a great variety of colours and surface effects, making it very popular with studio and amateur potters.

 

Catherine Hunter (Kate) is a contemporary jewellery and object maker who creates in metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques. She also uses natural fibres with the crafts of knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting and embroidery, all in her micro studio on the edge of a mangrove estuary in Cairns, Queensland.