Raku is a firing technique for pottery whose origins are linked to the ancient Japanese art of tea ceremony. This technique is deeply rooted in the Zen philosophy and related to the influence that Buddhism had in the Japanese culture, whose Raku ceramics production can be traced back to the XVI century.
It seems that this technique was created by chance, by a craftman named Chojiro. In order to make pottery that seemed old and worn out in a quick way, he used the same materials and technique that were used for roof tile production – that is, sandy clays – and removed the pottery from the kiln as soon as the glaze had reached the red-heat stage. The thermic shock provoked by the cooling process gave the pottery an aged look, that also added some value to the objects.
The most amazing thing when making Raku pottery is the moment of removing each piece of work from the kiln when it is still bright red hot. Creativity and improvisation, together with a knowledge of different materials, give way to some unique and surprising objects.
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