Raku Water Bottle

Type of art: Pottery



Raku Water Bottle is made in the traditional Cherokee shape but with raku clay and glaze. The bowl of the bottle features the water symbol and the neck features a hand twisted ""necklace"" to represent the way creeks and rivers twist and turn.

Raku Water Bottle was first fired in an electric kiln to reach a temperature of about 1900 degrees, then glazed with a blue copper raku glaze. The piece is then placed in a gas kiln for a reduction firing. When the temperature reaches about 1800 degrees, the gas is turned off and the piece is removed from the kiln while red hot and placed in a combustible material for the oxidation process. The flame burns the oxygen out of the air and allows the smoke to saturate the unglazed areas and, when using a metallic glaze, cause the colors to flash.

Materials: Commercial raku clay and glaze

Technique: Double kiln fired

Size: 8.5" x 6"

Price: $85
Eva Cantrell
Cherokee Nation
Eva L Cantrell, Cherokee artist, lives on the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Oklahoma. She is a multi-award-winning and trained under renowned artists Jane Osti, Crystal Hanna and Troy Jackson. Cantrell has participated in Cherokee Art Market, SWAIA, SEASAM, Artesian Arts Festival, and more. She mixes contemporary methods with traditional themes in order to teach others native stories and the meanings behind the symbols in her pottery. She uses traditional methods with contemporary materials in creating the Cherokee double-wall baskets and contemporary materials for contemporary textile work.
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