Western-style Raku is a firing method in which hot pottery is taken out of the kiln and put into a smokey, oxygen-poor environment. This creates the characteristic crackle patterns and metallic flashes in the glaze.
After Rakuing, I often gild elements of my pots with copper, silver, or gold leaf. Scroll to the bottom for some pictures of pots in progress.
Burton Gallery features fine and folk art along with fine craft and functional objects. Here you can find Ester's Raku pottery and the furniture and fine wooden serving trays made by her husband Carlton Wheatley.