Raku has been Stephen Murfitt's main passion for the last forty years. He is a recognized authority on the process and continues to explore its infinite possibilities from his studio in Cambridgeshire.
A very welcome addition to the sources of information about Raku making and how it has influenced current makers is the book by Stephen Murfitt – Contemporary Raku. Not only does it give you an insight into the influences of makers but goes into some detail about the actual production methods. The book is well illustrated with examples of work. For too long Raku has been overlooked, but it is now experiencing a resurgence. A very good reference source for any studio.
'I join my fellow ceramists in registering my appreciation of Stephen Murfitt's new book on Raku. Stephen's writing is clear and transparent and enjoys a nicely judged balance between aesthetics and practicality. I particularly like the way the personal accounts of featured artists provide insights into the creative process and give perspective to the technical content.'
'Contemporary Raku' includes insightful information about both Raku and naked Raku, kilns, kiln building and firing techniques, clays and materials and a section devoted to Health and Safety. Glaze recipes and clay bodies for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner are also included in this lavishly illustrated, excellent book which is highly recommended.