There is a marrying of ideas, process, and action in Raku that creates some of the most exciting forms of contemporary clay art. Raku: Investigations into Fire is a comprehensive study of this popular ceramic process. Its history is traced from its earliest beginnings in Japanese ritual to current preoccupations dealing with the relationship of clay, artist, and fire. The history of Raku provides a framework for understanding the most recent developments in materials and technology, while an analysis of design illuminates the ways in which new ideas are developed. There is also an extensive examination of the methods of generating the rich and seductive surfaces, as well as the most recent innovations in technology and process -- all beautifully illustrated with 200 fine color photographs. This is an ideal book for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner.
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