I had been making functional clay pieces and sculptures for seven years when I discovered raku firing techniques and fell in love. I love the hands-on intimacy of raku. I make something out of mud and the fire makes it beautiful while I watch. I'm a voyeur peeking in the kiln, fascinated by the flames licking each pot. I'm a fire bug caught by the bright orange clay sparking under my iron tongs. And when the flames have died, I thrust my hands into burning embers to pluck my secret love from the smoke and ashes. So now I must confess, I'm a raku artist!
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