The Raku process is one of drama and excitement. It is a firing technique, which turns the clay black, creates the beautiful crackle pattern and the occasional iridescent flashing in the glazes. The photos, which illustrate my technique, are from a commission I did for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. I was asked to create a design for their Scented Sweet Pea Mix Art Seed Pack. I began with a full color drawing of my proposed design, which I then transferred onto a clay tile. The lines of the drawing were then incised into the leather hard clay, and allowed to dry. After the first firing in an electric kiln the tile was hand painted with multicolored glazes inside the carved lines of the drawing. During the raku process the unglazed carved lines turn black. The gas fueled Raku kiln is fired to approximately 1800F at which time, dressed in protective gear, I open the red-hot kiln and pull out the tile using long tongs.  The piece is placed in a metal combustion chamber with wood shavings.  The shavings immediately ignite. I then cover it with more wood shavings and tightly close the lid. Inside the bin the fire pulls oxygen out of the clay and glazes producing the characteristic results of black clay and iridescence. After cooling and cleaning, the bright colors and beautiful crackle pattern emerges.