Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Raku

Raku-style pottery, originated in in the 16th century Japan by Sen Rikyu, a Japanese tea master, has long fascinated me. Raku ware is a type of pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It is characterised by being hand-shaped (rather than thrown) fairly porous vessels, (the result of low-firing temperatures); lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot.

In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and allowed to cool in the open air. The familiar technique of placing the ware in a container filled with combustible material is not a traditional Raku practice. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide. (For more detailed information, check Wikipedia.)

Several potters in the State of Georgia specialize in Raku, among them Ruthann Hurwitz of The Village Potter in Sandy Springs. (You can find Ruthann on Etsy for more examples of her marvelous pottery.)


 

Small Raku pinch-pot by Ruthann.










A Raku pinch-pot with 'dimples' by Ruthann.

Raku pinch-pot

Raku plate by Ruthann.
Raku vase by Gallery Square 45.

Wabi-Sabi style. By Ruthann.

 
My favorite! By Ruthann.


While I'm attracted primarily to pots in black and white, the color-glazed and iridescent-glazed pots are also wonderful. If you have a favorite raku website, I'd love to hear about it and help pass the word.