Photographs from five journeys with the Trans-Siberian railway.
1981 Moscow – Irkutsk – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok
1984 Moscow – Irkutsk – Ulan Bator – Beijing
1987 Moscow – Irkutsk – Ulan Bator – Beijing
1987 Beijing – Harbin – Irkutsk – Moscow
1996 Moscow – Irkutsk – Ulan Bator – Beijing

Cecilia Kraitz has been working with the raku technique for more than 20 years and is deeply fascinated by this unrestrained method with its origins in 16th century Japan. The raku pieces are created in a kiln that is fired with wood until the temperature has risen to 900 or 1000° C. The glaze melts in a relatively quick process and the red-hot wares are put into a container with damp sawdust or leaves where they are treated to a post fire reduction phase. This makes the glaze crackle and gives the raku piece its very special character.

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