Decorative Tide pool platter with seven sea stars and barnacles
A beautiful hand crafted Raku tide pool platter by Ed Oldfield of Powell River, B.C. Length 14 inches in diameter. Copper wire attached at rear so that the piece may be wall mounted.
Raku pottery is created with a specific ceramic firing process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. With raku pottery, the piece is first bisque fired. Then, it is glazed and undergoes a raku firing process. The raku firing process requires a special raku kiln that is fueled by propane and reaches temperatures of about 1800°F (about 982°C). In order to complete the firing process, the raku pottery must remain in the kiln for approximately 30 minutes.
Firing patterns and colors are unpredictable, as they are created through the natural process of oxygen removal. After the raku pottery remains in the sealed metal can for about 15 minutes, it is removed and placed in a can of water. This freezes the patterns that were created during the post fire reduction stage. The amount of time a piece should remain in the cooling water largely depends on the piece and its size.