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Fired Up with Raku: Over 300 Raku Recipes [Paperback]

Irene Poulton
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21 Aug 2006
The origins of raku can be traced back hundreds of years to Japan, where it was used as the traditional method of creating clay bowls for the tea ceremony. Over the years potters have embraced and adapted the methods, celebrating the remarkable but unpredictable results achieved using raku techniques. The author, who has specialized in raku for over twenty years, considers the origins of raku before offering over 300 glaze recipes. A selection of other potters also share their ideas, and with one hundred photographs of raku-fired pieces, "Fired Up with Raku" offers inspiration to all potters.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (21 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268488
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 16.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." --"Library Journal"

About the Author

Irene Poulton was born in the UK but has lived in Australia for nearly thirty years. She studied ceramics at Carine College of TAFE and was hooked when attending a raku workshop by Jeff Mincham. Irene has concentrated on raku for over twenty years and has gained a BA in Visual Arts from the Edith Cowan University in Perth. She exhibits her work in both Australia and the USA. She represented Western Australia at the prestigious Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea Internazionale in Florence in 2003.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting and Informative yet dated 23 July 2009
This very interesting and informative guide to various Raku techniques is concise, well illustrated and bursting with glaze and effects recipes. If one is looking for ways to achieve those special Raku results, well worth having. There is however one oversight, very many of the glaze recipes call for the use of 'Gerstley Borate', this mined mineral has not been available for some years now and the substitutes often fall short of expectations. An alternative for Gerstley Borate 'preferred' by the author, as a recipe, would have been welcome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fired up with raku 17 Mar 2011
By shaper
since this book went to print I have noew heard that Gersltey Borate is still available and in fact will be still available for a few years yet. There is also a substitute I have heard of called Gillespie Borate from Hamill and Gillespie which is supposed to be a pretty close direct substitute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had very good experience as a first buyer 25 Aug 2010
By anna
I can only have all positive respond. The book came very fast, no complication what so ever. I, as a first customer, was a bit concern regarding the privacy and the posibility not to received the product. I was impressed, that there were not any problems at all. I will for sure to yse amazon for other purchases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - Could be better book 27 May 2008
By A. Holmes - Published on
What needs improvement? The over 300 recipes do not have photos of test tiles associated with them. Artwork throughout the book in some places give the name of the glaze (ie: Copper Matt), however the name may not be explicit enough (ie: there are six copper matt recipes and many other copper matts not called "copper matt"). Some labels are incorrect (ie: "Vases" (Horsehair raku))--> these are actually two crackle vases and one horsehair raku vase. You could do without the personal statements of the invited artists. It is the wrong target audience for this type of book. It would be better to put additional techniques or photos of their work or them performing a technique that is visually aided.

Now the good! Even though there are no test tile photos, the comments are helpful (ie: requires heavy reduction or thin or thick coats). There is a good range of raku colors represented within the recipes and crackles, matts and glosses. There are a good range of construction techniques shown among the selected artists (ie: slab, wheel-thrown, wheel-altered, carved, sculpted, etc.) showing how these methods are best enhanced by raku glazes. There are also many glazing techniques (naked raku, slip resist, paper clay, etc.) that are interesting.

In all, the book is a good book and I would recommend it to others. I think a revision could make it an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 5 May 2011
By mittens1964 - Published on
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This is a great book for both beginners and experienced Raku Artists. The recipes are fantastic, easy to understand and the conversion chart for frits and chemicals in the back of the book is a great asset. Highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth it for the experienced in raku 9 Mar 2011
By raku mike - Published on
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great book filled with tried and true glaze recipes. not all glazes are documented with pictures which leaves you to test the glazes. a good amount of them are documented though and there are helpful hints and tricks to alot of the glazes. for the money id say it is totally worth it if you know what your doing with raku. if your looking for inspiration rather than recipes id suggest 500 raku. which just came out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fired Up with Raku 17 Mar 2011
By shaper - Published on
With regard to the first comment on this book, I have heard that in actual fact Gersltey Borate is available
and should be available for a few years yet There is also a substitute that is almost identical .I have heard that Gillespie Borate from Hamill and Gillespie is a pretty close direct substitute. so that should be a big help for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars raku, pottery, ceramic firing methods 28 Mar 2010
By K. Dennis - Published on
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Good book, great recipes and good illistrations. Well worth having if you do much rakuing.
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