Obvara Raku

Obvara Raku is actually not raku at all. The only similarity is that the pot gets heated up in a raku kiln. Obvara is a technique used in the Balkans to seal low fire pots to prepare them for cooking and serving food. This method is said to promote good health and longevity to those consuming the food. How can this not be a good thing? When the kiln is at 1650 degrees, I took the pot out and submerged it into a bucket of fermenting flour yeast and sugar. It was a little ripe as it had been fermenting for a few days!
Here is a video of the process.

Video kindness of Barbara Kirkwood

And here are a few examples of finished pieces. The rough texture helps to bring out the toastiness.