Raku Fired speckled Hen ‘Freckle ‘
Indavidually hand made and Raku fired ceramic chicken sculpture. Each piece is individually hand made and RAKU fired in my garden studio in Weymouth in Dorset. No two pieces are exactly the same, they feel nice in the hand and each have a charactor to make you smile. Each chicken is individual and has its own name. Two display Eggs included! approximate size L-14cm H-9cm D-8cm Raku is a rapid firing, adapted from an ancient Japanise firing tecnique. A group of approximatly 7 pieces are placed in a small gas fired kiln and rapidly fired over an hour to 1000 degreese celcious. Each piece is then individually taken out of the kiln red hot and placed in a metal bin of wood shavings which instantly combust. The actual finish on each piece is then down to careful timing, length of time in the air, how rapidly they are covered up, how much oxygen is in the bin, and different conbustables all give each piece its own character. Once cooled a layer of black soot is then removed using wire wool to reveal the beautiful crackles and colours beneith. PLEASE NOTE: RAKU IS NOT FROST PROOF SO NOT SUITABLE FOR KEEPING OUTDOORS
Due to the nature of the raku Firing Process to create crackles in the glaze, it is not suited for outdoor useas water may penetrate the tiny crackles. However It is perfectly fine to sponge clean and dry.