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Raku Crosses and Medallions

raku cross with copper wire and beadsWeber Center Shop is pleased to showcase the artwork of Jeremy Diller of Raku Potteryworks. Jeremy’s items include small medallions with inspiring words and small ceramic crosses that are colorful and beautifully adorned.

Raku ware was originally a type of Japanese pottery, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand-shaped rather than thrown. Modern raku art pieces, such as those created by Diller, are fired in an outdoor kiln to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, then pulled from the red-hot kiln and plunged into a sand pit with wood chips. The intense heat causes the wood shavings to spontaneously ignite. The flames create unique colors and the outdoor atmosphere shocks the glaze, causing cracks in the finish.

As Diller notes, “Not everyone survives the trial by fire; the ones that do, cultivate strength and beauty.”

Diller says he puts his heart and soul into every handmade creation, and is grateful for the people who let him into their lives through art.

The Raku crosses are between 2″ and 2.5″ tall and have both a magnet and a hanger on the back for mounting on various surfaces. The medallions, also 2″-2.5″, have inspiring messages and can be displayed or carried in a pocket. Prices range from $3.99 – $8.99. Stop by the Weber Shop to see this beautiful collection in person!

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