Raku Jewellery

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The beads for my jewellery are made by hand from a white stoneware clay. The colouring of the glaze comes from a technique called raku. A special raku glaze is brushed onto the work which is then fired in a gas kiln to around 1000 C. At that temperature the beads are taken from the kiln, left to cool for a few seconds before being covered by wood shavings. The blue colour of the bead appears when air is allowed to mature the glaze, this process is called oxidisation. The red or gold colour appears when the air is cut off from the bead by covering them with the wood shavings. This process is called reduction