Raku History & Process

Raku firing originated in Japan in the 1500's. Every raku-fired piece is unique. The real beauty and perfection of raku lies in the accidental imperfections. There are so many variable in the process that no two pieces are ever the same, even if identical glazes are employed.

This is the intricate process that yields such fabulous colors and hues.

Special glazes are used on the bisque ware and placed in an outdoor gas kiln.
The pieces are fired until the glazes are mature and molten.
Each piece is removed with tongs and gently placed in a metal container with newspaper, sawdust or other combustible material.
The container is covered as the material quickly ignites. This stage produces thick black smoke and an atmosphere of oxygen reduction.

Depending on the types of glazes used, this method creates metallic, matte and crackled finishes. The unglazed areas absorb the black carbon from the smoke that produces dramatic contrasts to the glazes.

Linda and Lana use the yin yang symbol as their logo because it best expresses the opposing forces and unpredictable firing results that come into play in the raku process.