Paprika Luster Group

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Pamela Summers uses the ancient Japanese firing process of Raku in creating vessels with pure form and Caribbean Sea colored crackle glazes as their predominant features. Raku is a firing process developed in 16th century Japan for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a very hot kiln where they remain until the glazes have melted at a temperature of 1820 F. Pam then removes the piece from the kiln with long tongs and puts it into a nest of natural grasses and covers it creating a rich reduction atmosphere. The pieces are then quickly quenched with water. This produces her wonderful lustrous crackle glazes.