Raku, an ancient method of firing pottery, was
developed in 16th Century Japan for the tea ceremony.
It embraces the elusive Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi,
thus celebrating the whims of nature. Works were prized for
their spontaneity and uniqueness, as well as their simple beauty.
Evidence of the firing, such as unusual crackle patterns or tong
marks are coveted, as this imparts more character to the work.
In Raku, the clay is rapidly fired until the glaze is molten. Then, it's
removed with tongs and placed into a combustion chamber
where it is smoked. Next it is cooled in water, and later
washed. The relationship of fire and air is critical in the
development of colors, lusters, and smoke patterns.
The crackle glazes render Raku pieces porous
and therefore nonfunctional.
They are to be enjoyed
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