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Illyria Pottery

Little White Crackle Raku Bud Vase


A series of little wheel-thrown bud vase with a raku fired crackle glaze finish. 

Because of the somewhat crackled nature of the finish, raku pots may not be completely water tight so we recommend using dried flowers. Raku is not intended for use with food. 

Widest Diameter, approx. 5.5 cm
Opening Diameter, approx. 2 cm
Hight, approx. 7 - 8 cm

Ceramic, with raku glaze finish. 

Katie Coston "Raku is an ancient process for finishing ceramics that dates back millennia. After I made this vase on the pottery wheel and bisque fired it, I glazed the surface and placed it in a special outdoor kiln to be heated. Once the pot was glowing hot and the glaze molten, I lifted the lid off the kiln!

The colour of raku pots is highly dependent upon on how quickly they’re put into a bin full of combustible material. The hot pots immediately ignite their surroundings. If the pieces are placed in the bin and the lid is put on quickly, the pots will receive less air. This tends to create a reduction atmosphere resulting in reds, pinks, and oranges. If they go in a few seconds slower, receiving more air, the colour range will tend more toward blues, yellows, and greens.

Raku is notable for the amazing variety of colour that it produces. Please note, each side of a raku piece is different. These wonderful variations are intrinsic to this firing method, and no two pieces will ever be exactly alike."

Katie Coston first opened Illyria Pottery in Greenville, South Carolina in 2008 but soon after moved to the UK where she was the artist in residence at couple of potteries in Henley-in-Arden. In 2012 she moved to Oxford where she now works from her garden studio creating effortlessly beautiful pieces of ceramics. 

"Since I was a girl, natural objects and their textures have fascinated me. I've always loved finding tiny objects, whether in a forest or on a beach. Now I incorporate these items into my work, mimicking their organic qualities or directly impressing them into clay. I hope the objects that I make join everyday rituals, making those traditions just a bit more lovely."