Contemporary Raku is a complete guide to this exciting, dramatic and beautiful art form. It explains the making, glazing and firing methods employed for producing Raku-ware, and features contributions and insights from leading makers. Recognizing the deeper values of the practice, the book also considers the influences and sources of inspiration behind the work of these makers. It introduces the necessary tools and equipment, and advises on essential health and safety measures. It explains how to make vessels and forms with step-by-step photo sequences. Recipes for clay bodies and glazes for the beginner and the more experienced maker are included. Details are given on the Raku-firing process and the range of kilns used. Finally, it explores the practice of ‘Naked Raku’. With over 300 illustrations, it is a stunning and detailed account to this magical process.
Raku has been Stephen Murfitt's main passion for the last forty years. He is a recognized authority on the process and continues to explore its infinite possibilities from his studio in Cambridgeshire.