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This glowing piece of raku pottery was hand thrown and fired with metallic copper and jade green glazes. Concentric rings and five deeply carved arcs decorate the body with a rolled rim and an unglazed foot blackened by the fire and smoke. The pot stands 6 inches tall, has a 6 inch mouth and is 7 inches across the belly. It weighs a little over 2 pounds and is in superb condition. The incised signature on the bottom reads "Schoenmaker," unidentified by us but obviously talented.
The process of firing raku pottery originated in Korea and was subsequently adopted by Japanese potters for the tea ceremony. The raku process used for their chawans has little in common with the "Western" raku process used today, which produces pieces that are porous and with somewhat more fragile glazes. This pot should be considered not as functional but as a beautiful, one of a kind decoration. Shielded from moisture and the sun's rays, it will provide years of pleasure and admiration.
The Barbara Culp enamel on copper bowl shown in our photo is listed here: