Raku, an ancient Japanese pottery firing technique, has added a new dimension to my jewelry-making. For many years I have collected Raku pottery from all over the world and in 2005 I was given the opportunity to learn Raku's intricate techniques to make my own beads.
My premier collection consists of Raku kimonos, about 2-1/2 inch square which are fired with special glazes and designs, then carved, embellished and embossed with beads and wire. A second part of this premier collection are hollow donuts, squares, rounds and octagons which serve as connectors and toggle clasps on one-of-a-kind necklaces.
My own Raku pottery kimono design, approximately 2-1/2 inches wide and 2-inches high is pale pewter grey with pale turquoise glowing through and around the edges with an Asian tree imprint design. The five strands of intricately braided beads include one of turquoise nugget and
our strands of Czech glass beads in teals and greys of varied shapes and sizes.
The 26-inch long necklace is topped off with sterling bead caps and a decorative toggle clasp. The Kimono can be easily removed to wear the necklace unadorned. $200. I'm happy to make earrings to match. (Click on the photos to see more detail.)
My own unique Raku pottery kimono design in a glowing teal with bronze overcast. I made the kimono with small holes which I threaded with gold Swarovski crystals and bronze seed beads. The kimono is imprinted with a small flower design to give it even more depth and visual interest.
The five strands of braided beads are in complimentary colors of metallic teal and dark olive, and included are small 1/4-inch square Raku beads. The closure is a free-form Raku button from Greece. The Kimono can easily be removed from this 20-inch necklace to wear unadorned. The Raku button closure can then be worn in front as the adornment or at back creating simple elegance. (Click on the photos to see more detail.)
$225. I'm happy to make earrings to match.