Carpe Diem #1153 Raku, Japanese Pottery

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Carpe Diem #1153 Raku, Japanese Pottery

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.

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Photo Credit  

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

raku pottery

japanese tea ceremonies

pieces of art work

tea never tasted so good

full of spiritual memories

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