When potter John Ramer Sherrill first started out using the raku technique, he was frustrated by the lack of technical information on raku in books. He found that there was plenty on raku philosophy, but little on technique. So he set out to do some technical writing of his own on the technique. Here, he gives helpful advice on raku clay bodies and raku kilns.
At first glance, one might assume that Shuji Ikeda’s baskets (like the one at the left) are woven out of reeds. But Ikeda uses slabs and extruded pieces of clay to painstakingly construct these forms. Today, he shares how he makes his “tsuchi kago” or clay baskets out of extruded clay.