MOULDING EARTH INTO ART
What is Raku?
“happiness by chance”
The incredible beauty of Raku is mesmerising. When you understand the technique, you will then understand the meaning of Raku.
“happiness by chance”
Traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, raku ware (楽焼, raku-yaki) is a famous type of Japanese pottery.
This art form was highly appreciated by tea masters for the purity and unpretentiousness of the objects, especially chawan tea bowls. With a history stretching back to 1580, raku ware remains today the most sought after of Japanese ceramics. The word "Raku" can be translated to mean "happiness by chance," which neatly sums up the firing process. The bisque (ware that has been fired once) fired pieces of pottery are glazed then placed in the kiln for a second firing and then removed once they become red hot, around 1005°c, placed in a metal container of combustible material, like sawdust or paper.
Raku ware are cracked and smoky pieces. This technique requires persistence and patience and no one piece is the same. The quality of the chips, the climate of the day, the oxidation or the reduction means no piece will exactly have the same dimensions and appearance.
There is no way to control the patterns that are created, it's just happiness by chance!
The happiness of slowly creating, by hand,
unique pieces. The happiness of painting enamel
on their contours. Then the happiness of bringing them out of
the hot kiln to place them into the wood chips and newspaper.
Finally, the happiness of revealing what fire & smoke
has randomly transformed
with so many variables.
Diana is dedicated to the art of Raku pottery
How to take care of Raku pottery
To clean a Raku Pottery hold it under running water (lukewarm) and gently remove any tea residue. After washing it, gently dry with a clean cloth.
Do NOT let it sit in water, as the cup can fall apart. Do NOT put it in a dishwasher!
TIP: As tea has an antibacterial effect, using dish soap is not necessary. If absolutely needed, only use completely natural dish soap, because Raku Pottery absorbs it in its pores.
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When not in use, dry the cup with a towel. Afterward, especially during the wet season put it in an airy place and keep it dry. Otherwise, the cup could be damaged and/or develop a damp smell. If the smell clings to the cup, use it every day. The smell is usually gone in a week.
INITIATION OF RAKU POTTERY
For Raku Pottery, we strongly recommend initiating it before first use. Raku Pottery is very porous due to the method of firing, which makes it very fragile. Initiating it with a very fine powder (traditionally rice powder) makes it much more stable, protects it from breaking as easily, sudden heat change damaging it or the tea causing discolouration.
Put a cup of rice in lukewarm water. Stir it around, so the rice powder comes off the rice and makes the water opaque. ATTENTION: Make sure the water is lukewarm (about room temperature), not hot or boiling, as the sudden big temperature change can break a new bowl!
Put the Raku in the water so it is covered and let it sit there for about 15 minutes, so the rice powder enters the pores.
Rinse the rice powdered water off in lukewarm water. Gently dry it with a clean cloth and let it sit for about a day, so all water leaves the pores and the powder sets.