I am a local Rakuist by the way of Fuquay-Varina, NC and San Diego, CA. Specializing in traditional Raku , Naked Raku and a Saggar firing process. I studied and trained at the Moorestown Art Center, Moorestown, NJ. and San Diego State University with Richard Bartlett, a prominent glaze expert.
I have been a working potter for over 30 years, he and fellow Rakuists in California have developed numerous Raku techniques that make their final product unique and collectible.
The Raku process is an ancient Japanese firing technique where the glazed pots are removed from the kiln while glowing hot and then sealed in a special prepared container filled with combustible material. The resulting smoke causes exposed clay to turn black, copper glazes to turn metallic, and the white glazes to crackle, giving Raku pottery its distinctive appearance. Variations in time, weather, and the materials used ensure that each Raku piece is one- of-a kind work of art.