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Raku is a low-temperature firing process where the clay artwork is removed from the kiln while glowing hot, and then placed in a container filled with wood-chips, leaves, or paper. This causes athermal shock that produces a craze pattern as well as a smoked, accidental quality to the glaze.
Raku developed with the increased popularity of the Japanese tea ceremony. The drinking of tea, which was closely associated with Zen Buddhism, developed into a formalized ritual where the Raku vessels symbolized the beauty, the simplicity and unassuming qualities that were felt to be in harmony with every day life.
David Camden's artworks, which we will feature in September, are beautiful examples of this technique. There are many levels you canenjoy his artworks of glowing color and organic shapes. They are sculptural with textures that range from shiny and smooth, architectural repetitions, and areas that include the marks his process leaves behind. Every part of your home, office, or museum will benefit from these peaceful examples of harmony.