This autumn Plymouth gallery 45 Southside’s exhibition focuses on raku fired ceramics. Five talented Devon and Cornwall based, artists showing their latest raku work.
The raku technique originates from 16th century Japan and is a process in which pottery that once fired and then removed from the kiln is subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials such as sawdust. The smoke blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface.
Every piece is unique
The crazing is a distinctive feature particular to the raku technique and a certain amount of unpredictability to this process makes every piece unique. Due to this processes the finished pottery has an aroma of ambers.
The gallery also welcomes a new artist; California born Mary Kaun-English. She creates pit-fired and burnished sculptural pieces, a technique in which clay is polished to a beautiful sheen without the use of glaze.
The participating artists are Dan Chapple, Sarah McCormack, Tim Welbourne, Christina Peters and Mary Kaun-English all creating their unique style using a similar firing technique.
Works on display are classical shapes and forms, animal figurines (watch the tapirs), cottages, double-walled bowls, vases, bottles and abstract sculptural pieces all showing off their distinctive raku features.
The exhibition will run from 22 September to 30 October 2018.