Just last week I did a raku bead firing at my home so that I would have some color samples for a class I would be teaching at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton, New York. They are pictured above. The class was exciting and our beads came out well. Since raku beads are fired quite differently than kiln fired ceramic beads, I thought I would show you a couple of pictures of how they are fired. For this class the raku firing was a collaborative affair with the ceramic studio and myself. At The Thousand Islands Art Center they have a very skilled potter and a wonderful raku kiln which they break out 4 times a year for a community open studio type event. The public can purchase a pot, glaze it with raku glazes and watch it get fired. We were invited to participate in this firing which took place last week.
The picture above is of the kiln. It has a crank that opens it from the top after it reaches the temperature of 1800F degrees. The kiln is fueled by a propane tank like the ones used for outdoor grills.
Now that you have some idea of the process for making raku beads, I would like to share with you today a number of raku fired art beads I have found on the web. Raku beads can be very colorful and they can also be gungy and dark with exotic surfaces. I hope you enjoy this raku bead tour.
Beautiful Raku Fired Lentil Bead By Lisa Peters Art
We will start with Lisa Peters, who has long been at the forefront of raku bead making.
You can see the metallic glints of copper at the center of this beads. The dark areas of black are characteristic of raku fired beads as well.
Marianne Kasparian, is the creative person behind Maku Studio. She too has been making raku fired art beads for a number of years. Her work is characterized by strong metallic colors and bold images.
Raku Ceramic Heart Pendant by Maku Studio
Raku Ceramic Pendant by Maku Studio
Love all those swirls of red copper and blue which the raku firing made happen.
Raku fired feathers by Wondrous Strange
More metallics, this time in golds and silver.
Viking Invasion Hoard Raku Fired Charms and Pendants by Wondrous Strange
From Petra Compeau of Scorched Earth a raku fired steampunk necklace connector
Raku Iron Age Pendant Scorched Earth on Etsy
Incredible metallics titled Urban Industrial Tribal Shield Earring components from Duane Collins of Elements Pottery
Stunning set of raku fired beads is bright copper and other metallics by Elements Pottery
Gilded Buds Porcelain Raku Connectors by Kiyoi Design
Porcelain Raku Pods by Kiyoi Designs
Modernistic Raku Fired Pendant by Thomas Lussi of RakuLabFly
Button Set by Thomas Lussi RakuLabFly
I want to finish up this tour with the delicate raku screen printed pendants by Caroloine Dewison of BlueberriBeads The one above is a screen print on ceramic clay that has been raku fired!!!
I hope you have enjoyed this look at raku art beads. May they inspire and enrich you.
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Totally drool worthy beads!!!
So exciting to see the variety that comes from Raku! I can't wait to get my hands on clay again!
Thanks so much for featuring my little raku treasures in your blog post. To be included with so many raku artists that I have admired for years is such an honor!!
Health, Happiness and Abundant Creativity to you all!
I have always loved the look of raku! I like those things that have an element of the unpredictable and the unexpected - so much more alive and interesting. Thanks for the fun tour! xo -- Julie
I have a huge stock of bisque fired ceramic beads in white porcelain by African women which have been stored in dry containers for many years. My wife used to own a bead factory which was primarily created for upliftment of poverty and job creation.
When she closed her factory I salvaged her ceramic glazed bead stocks and created a small business in Australia with my beads barefoot sandals and other jewellery! However I have many thousands of unglazed beads pictures of some which are on my Facebook page Tommy Walter Druce see "Barefoot Sandals"
My question here is how will my beads go with a raku fired finish, and are there any Raku people who would like to try out firing Raku finishing porcelain bisque beads? My email address is Tommywdruce@gmail.com
I am very impressed with your blog, and look forward to your comments.
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