Handbuilt ceramic orb raku fired with a deep blue glaze. The orb is hand built with clay and is hallow but is quite weighty and very sturdy for a Raku fired ceramic piece. These striking orbs are a popular gift for men, used as a paperweight or decoration.
How it’s made:
The orb is rapidly fired to nearly 1000°C then taken out at this temperature and placed on combustible materials and covered with a container. The combustible materials (i.e. paper or sawdust) ignite on contact with the red hot ceramic and the fire created then consumes the oxygen in the contained atmosphere. This creates a reduced oxygen atmosphere which brings the copper components in the glaze to become metallic looking and some areas will be metallic and some colourful. Every piece fired in this way turns out different from one another, making the process very exciting and creating entirely individual unique works of art.
Orbs are approximately 9.5 cm high.