Dragonflies, fish, butterflies, and water motifs are Jan’s interests and inspiration. Raku is the perfect palette for all these natural elements. Raku involves a special mix of coarse clays formed and bisque fired, glazed then fired in a kiln until it glows red hot. It is removed with tongs and immediately covered in sawdust, in a metal bucket. A process called oxidation-reduction occurs and the pot is removed and doused in water. This process is unpredictable and many happy accidents (or disasters) happen with the glazes.
This is the challenge and fun that Raku provides. Each piece is unique and can never be duplicated.
Jan has been a high school art teacher, and after retirement continued creating pottery, working with
raku, stoneware and porcelain clays.