Raku is an ancient Japanese method of pottery-making involving special clays and glazes, several firings in the kiln, sanding, etching and in the final firing, the piece is taken from the 1800 degree kiln and dropped into a container of combustible materials such as newspapers or dried leaves. The heat of the piece immediately sets them on fire.
Slap the lid on the container (a metal garbage can) and wait for it to cool down. When you open it, you see the glow of the Raku piece among the ashes.
Depending on the glazes used, Raku can be gold, teal and even magenta. All have a distinctive metallic patina that I treasure. I have collected Raku pottery from around the world and this interest led me to take classes to learn the techniques myself.
KIMONO is one of the results. It is 2" high and 2 1/2" wide. The sleeves of the kimono are embellished with seed beads woven through holes I placed there. These holes became clogged with the enamel glaze in the final firing and I had to drill them open with a diamond drill bit. This was a great demonstration of the hardness of the Raku itself.
Eight braided strands of metallic teal beads including one strand of Touch Me, a velvety yarn, make up the 21" long necklace. It is completed with Sterling cone end caps and toggle clasp. $200.