Raku fired sculpture is bisque fired in an electric kiln and then heated rapidly to 980C before being immersed in a combustible material, such as sawdust.
The glaze melts in the firing, developing a distinctive crackle finish, while the final combustion imparts a smoky matt finish to any unglazed areas. Raku firing creates very rich but natural looking colours with great depth. Raku fired sculptures have a rawness that perfectly complements Nick’s subjects. They aren’t over-finished or unnaturally perfect.
The inherent variations in colour and finish reflect the natural diversity of animals in the wild.
And just like real animals, each one of Nick’s Raku fired animal sculptures is a unique individual with its own distinct personality.