Raku Pottery

Raku is a type of Japanese pottery that was created in the 16th century. Its original purpose was for making tea bowls used in tea ceremonies. The pottery is known for its unique look: metallic, crackle, blacken exposed clay and lustrous colors. The process for Raku at Desert Dragon Pottery in Phoenix is:


  • The pottery is painted with raku glazes.
  • They are place in a kiln until it reaches 1900° Fahrenheit (1038° C).
  • Once removed from the kiln, they are place on the ground atop shredded paper.
  • Each piece is covered with shredded paper.
  • Then place each piece in a metal container.
  • Wait for 20 minutes.
  • They are removed from the containers and placed in water to cool.