Jane Malvisi works primarily with the Raku process; utilising the magic of the smoke to create mesmerising ceramic pieces in both colour and form.
Raku means JOY (楽) it is a type of Japanese pottery that is traditionally used in the tea ceremony. Raku is fairly porous, which results from low firing temperatures, this allows black carbon smoke to be sucked in. The piece is removed from the kiln while still glowing hot (1000 degrees), then it is put in a container filled with combustible material and sealed. When the Glaze, a thin layer of metal oxide has been applied before the reduction, this produces beautiful lustres as the oxide returns to its original metal e.g. copper. All the work is wheel thrown, using Limoges Porcelain and White Stoneware clay.