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Handmade Raku Chess Set, NO BOARD, Raku Arts, Complete with 32 Pieces 3" and 4", #2 Sculpture
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Handmade Raku Chess Set, NO BOARD, Raku Arts, Complete with 32 Pieces 3" and 4", #2 Sculpture Sculpture

Natalya Seva

United States

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Size: 8 W x 12 H x 8 D in

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Beautiful chess set with each piece has been individually handcrafted and fired piece by piece in the raku kiln. ! NO BOARD! The set comes in a wooden box. Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking (known as crackling since it is deliberate). The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in the tea ceremony. Dimensions: Diameter 1" High 3" and 4" Original and artful ceramics from SevaCeramics are absolutely handmade.

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:8 W x 12 H x 8 D in

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Seva Ceramics is a reflection of all my experiences in nature. I am drawn to forms found in nature. Each piece of driftwood, from inception, is a unique work of art. Created by Mother Nature and nurtured throughout its lifespan — every branch reveals a hidden past and spirit telling us a story about how it reached its exceptional form. In our fast-paced lifestyle, I am reminded to slow down and reconnect with nature when I gaze on the imposing beauty this marriage between art and nature conjures. Through exploring and connecting with nature, I am compelled to deepen my understanding of who I am and reflect on my role and purpose in life. Nature pleases and touches me — evoking a desire for solace and gratitude. Being one with Mother Nature sets me free from all the onuses of life, allowing me to concentrate on myself and nourish my soul. Using only natural materials, like porcelain, wood, and fire to create each of these one of a kind creations – I am inspired to broaden my techniques and made bold advances in my artistic forms and statements. In using porcelain exclusively, I witness first hand its strength and viability while watching the mischievous dance porcelain displays during Raku firings. Each wooden adornment offers functionality and beauty to these unparalleled creations. Just as the porcelain speaks during its firings, so does the breath of wood in is subtle acceptance of its new lifeform. I love working with porcelain because of its subtleness, its delicacy, and its strength. Porcelains willingness to be transformed, both in form and texture, makes it a perfect medium for exploring how incompatible objects touch and give birth to my one-of-a-kind sculptural compositions. After creating the porcelain sculptures, they are bisque fired in an electric kiln, then glazed, and fired once again in a Raku kiln. The unique surface of the porcelain sculptures is achieved during these Raku firings. What I enjoy the most about the double firing technique, especially with Raku, is that each piece becomes exclusive and can never be duplicated. It is always a thrill to open the kiln and see what awaits – this keeps me motivated and excited to continually experiment with the Raku process.

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