Ceramic artwork by Keith Kent
Available artwork by Keith Kent
KK10 - Raku Fired Ceramic - by Keith Kent
KK9 - Raku Fired Ceramic - by Keith Kent
KK4 - Raku fired crackle vase - by Keith Kent
Keith Kent Favourite Medium
About Keith Kent
Whilst studying ceramics part-time at Hammersmith College of Art in the 1970s, I was introduced to raku and took part in some firings.
Extracting shimmering, translucent red hot pots from the kiln was awe-inspiring then and has never ceased to be so!
Now, having retired from the business world, I have the time and opportunity to get involved with raku, practise the techniques, develop the skills and experiment with new ideas.
I also enjoy making wheel-thrown forms which are well-suited to raku. Using a lightly grogged earthstone body, I can produce inherently strong ware capable of withstanding the severe thermal stresses involved in the raku firing process.
I continue to be enthralled every time I unload pots from the red-hot kiln and transfer them to the post-firing reduction bins. By its very nature, raku creates a dramatic and direct contact between the ware, the flames, the fumes and the smoke of the two-stage firing process. My aim is for this to be reflected in my finished work.
The challenge for me is to be sufficiently in control of events to produce consistency and quality, but not so much in control as to eliminate the creativity of the fire.