The process known as “raku” was first developed in Japan in the 16th century. I use relatively low-fire clay and I mix my own glazes from raw materials. After forming the clay and decorating it, it is bisque-fired in an electric kiln at about 900 degrees C. I then glaze the pieces and do a raku-fire in my Clay-Dog Raku kiln. I chose to buy this small kiln so I can lift the chamber by myself. Once fired, raku ware is not functional for food, drink or holding liquid due to its porous nature. Because of this, I’ve chosen to use the raku process to make work that can be used safely in different ways: e.g. salt and pepper shakers, mirror frames and wall pockets.