About Us


Thea Risak

  • BFA Ceramics, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Julie Clark-Risak

  • MAE Drawing, Northern Michigan University
  • North Western Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
  • Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

Ed Risak

  • MAE Ceramics, Northern Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Oakland Community College, Orchard Lake, MI


The Risaks have pieces in the collections of the University of Tokyo, the Smithsonian Institution and the White House, as well as many museums, corporate and private collections.

Raku Technique

The Raku firing technique originated in 16th centuary Japan and was based on the idea of rapid heating and quick cooling of ceramic pieces. This technique, in combination with their metallic, colorful glazes, produces unique, multi-hued flame patterns on the surface of their pieces.