A component I make for water features has proved to be highly fragile in the raku fire (see this thread).
In general, I find that I'm seeing more of this as I venture into increasingly sculptural forms (tiles, slab-build lanterns, etc.).
I'm interested to hear what people think about the ethics of selling raku forms that are repaired using epoxy. (Example of a repaired fountain component below).
This came up on in another thread... (regarding an art plate) and there seemed to be some consensus that trying to subtly repair the plate with epoxy was out of line. People suggested everything from kintsugi to a wooden mount (I'm currently experimenting with the kintsugi ideas).
However, my tendancy would be to see an epoxy repair as acceptable for sculptural objects, as long as...
1) The seam didn't detract from the appearance
2) The repair didn't impact the object's functional integrity
3) You were upfront with any buyer
The reality is- some of my sculptural raku pieces have many hours invested (carving, hand-glazing, firing, etc.)... and the usual 'just smash it and make a new one' dictum is tough to swallow. I certainly have friends who are sculptors who sell repaired pieces.
Curious to hear what people think.