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Local Artisan Cary Lockwood

Cary Lockwood is a ceramics artist from Los Angeles, California. His work is inspired by mid-century modern design, architecture and his background in illustration. The forms he creates are thrown in multiple sections which are combined, textured and carved to create uniquely patterned vessels. These vessels are intended to hold precious objects, jewelry, plants and flowers. Each piece is one of a kind and made by hand.

Traditional Japanese Raku

Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking—known as crackling since it is deliberate. The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in tea ceremony.
Via: The Spruce Crafts

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