Fine Art -Artists at work in the "Heart of Matlacha"

Original Fine Art & Jewelry- Voted Best Art Gallery in Matlacha 

NOTE: Workshops and classes are non-refundable. They may be re-booked with a minimum 3 days advance notice.  Materials and supplies are bought in advance by the artists, and also, on many occasions, interested parties are turned away. Last minute cancellations most often cannot be filled.

Thank you for your understanding. 

If you are interested in participating in a Raku class, call 239-283-2006 to set up a date to participate.

The Art of Raku

What is Raku?

Raku is a Japanese ceramic technique developed in the 16th and 17th century for the production of utensils for the Tea Ceremony. The process involves firing the glazed pot very fast to a temperature approximately 1800⁰ F+. When the glaze appears to be melting, the pot is removed from the kiln with the use of tongs. It is then placed in a lidded metal container with a readily combustible material (i.e. sawdust, dry leaves, paper, etc.). The heat from the pot immediately causes combustion, consuming oxygen, creating a source of hot, free carbon, developing a strong reduction atmosphere. It causes a dense matte black color in the unglazed areas, and brilliant colors and lusters in the glazed areas.