Richard Gruchella and Carrin Rosetti, enjoy life in Duluth, MN collaborating on new concepts and ideas as they work side by side in their studio. Working in clay they put their vessels through a firing process known as Raku. The vessel is put through rapid extremes of temperature, and taken from an atmosphere rich in oxygen to one dense with carbon and back again. The process is so severe that it would cause most ceramic pieces to shatter: and even though the clay they use is formulated to withstand the extremes of the Raku firing, many of their creations are lost to thermal shock. The pieces that make it through the firing intact have a distinctive look: the clay is blackened, the glazes are crackled, and the atmospheres affect the colorants in the glazes. The mark of the fire is on the piece.
“It’s like spinning straw into gold. It’s magic.” – Carrin Rosetti
Do you Raku? Would you like to? Well you can in October of each year with Richard and Carrin at Sivertson Gallery. Next year’s event will be held on October 4th. Always a good time, you will learn the secrets of a raku glaze and fire. Buy a bowl to glaze and Richard will fire it on the spot!