This month at Carpe Diem I’m exploring the “Motherland” of haiku, Japan.
Today we are taking a look at Raku, Japanese Pottery
What is Raku?
Raku ware (raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls.
Raku means “enjoyment”, “comfort” or “ease” and is derived from Jurakudai, the name of a palace, in Kyoto, that was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–1598), who was the leading warrior statesman of the time.
Tea bowl with designs of pine boughs and interlocking circles, unknown raku ware workshop, Kyoto, Edo period, 18th-19th Century
Raku ware marked an important point in the historical development of Japanese ceramics, as it was the first ware to use a seal mark and the first to focus on close collaboration between potter and patron.
Raku – glazing, firing, reduction and results
Tanka based on my study of Raku – Japanese pottery
japanese tea ceremonies
pieces of art work
tea never tasted so good
full of spiritual memories