In these pots I was heavily influenced by the lacquer work I had seen in Japan. The velvety black surfaces, and the rich subdued colours in the decoration was their inspiration. They were some of the first pots I made when I returned from Japan and started to move away from high fired stoneware and porcelain, they span about twelve years of work.
I used my own raku talc body, which was particularly fine for raku. I burnished the surface and applied terra sigilatta slip. I then biscuit fired to 1000c then applied a mixture of silver nitrate and coloured glazes and fired in a raku firing, which reduced the silver nitrate to a bright silver and smoked the body a deep black. As with all raku firing, results were erratic and there was a lot of failures, but it was good for the soul.