RAKU ORCHID POTS
I'm Kate, a potter from the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
I make ceramic homes for orchids and their cultivated owners.
I've been working on this new form since 2011.
Through a combination of luck, a wonderful boyfriend,
a love of orchids and much trial and error,
We invented a new orchid pot.
They wick water, discourage fungus and are naturally black.
We never stain with India ink, or use glaze.
Most raku glaze has copper in the recipe, which is toxic to air plants.
I throw each one individually on the potter's wheel -- no forms or molds.
I treat each vessel as an individual art piece.
They are meant to be naturally rugged and primitive,
as all orchids are in the wild.
The raku firing process shown here is from the Spirit Line Pottery studio.
Raku was invented by the Raku (family) Ceramics Studio,
or 'noble kilns'; in Japan during the late 1800's (Momoyama period)
Through the early 1600's (Edo period).
Spirit Line Pottery studio's modern American raku is fired with propane in a special clam shell kiln. We take the pots out while they're red-hot (1850*F),
and put them in buckets with newspaper and wood shavings.
We only use organic cedar shavings and newspaper printed with soy ink.
The flames go up, the lids go on, and the wet towels reduce the oxygen in the buckets.
The smoke and flame patterns are unpredictable and change with seasonal weather.
The feedback we've had so far has been great. Our customers range from blue ribbon
Orchid Society members in Washington, California and Florida who compete in orchid shows.
We have growers in Alaska who enjoy cultivating their rare orchids
in custom-made indoor light rooms during long winter months.
We have client-friends in D.C. who are elegant interior designers.
Our spiritlinepottery.com feedback page is for everyone, from everyone.