Raku Pottery by Steven Forbes de-Soule
American raku pottery is a unique and magical form of pottery that has been derived from the traditional Japanese style of raku ware. I have been focusing on handmade raku pottery exclusively for over 30 years and during that time have developed a style which is genuinely distinct. Creating raku pottery involves pulling a glowing hot vessel or sculpture from the kiln and placing it in a metal container that holds combustibles or organic materials such as leaves, sawdust, or paper. The can is then covered, smothering the flames and serving as a reduction chamber. Then something incredible happens...
When my raku glazes combine with oxygen and with other clay materials, some metal elements from the glazes are transposed onto the surface of the potter.y. I may also use the glazes to enhance the underlying design or texture of the piece. The colors of the glaze and the crackle are dependent on the amount of oxygen allowed during the raku firing and cooling. As oxygen is reduced, the reaction is forced to pull oxygen from the glazes, leaving behind a brilliant mix of beautifully colored raku pottery. The results are always serendipitous and each piece of pottery or sculpture I pull from the container is truly one of a kind! For a closer look at my raku process, please see my raku firing page.
Available Work & Studio
My online store features all my available raku pottery for sale where you can see the complete range of my work including wall pieces, sculpture, vessels and ikebana. Please click on a category below for more information. New decorative pieces are frequently added and all sold pieces are marked as such. I invite you to come see my raku pottery in person, on display at Ariel Gallery in downtown Asheville, NC or you can contact me for a tour of my studio in Weaverville, NC.