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The Raku Book

The Raku Book


Cornelia Nagel | Raku Ceramics

Raku Ceramics

Raku is a technical term

for ceramics which are produced and fired in the traditional Raku-process. Until recently this technique was unknown outside of the Raku-Dynasty.

Raku ist an expression

which is used in the japanese tea ceremony. It refers to specially produced ceremic utensils. The tea master Sen-no-Rikyu gave the tea ceremony a new meaning by providing a new simple setting in the 16th century. Initially the ceremony was a magnificent display of valuable pieces according to the chinese model. The furnishings of the tea room were to be replaced by simplicity and silent dignity. In such a setting a bowl of tea is prepared and drunken in a centuries-old ritual.

Raku is a title

which is bestowed on the descendants of the ceramist Chojiro. In the 16th century, he was the first person who produced tea bowls using ordinary rice bowls as a model. This title ranks as a national treasure in Japan. Today, Raku ceramics are still fired in the old kiln of the family in Kyoto in the traditional manner.

Raku is japanese

and can be roughly translated as "taking pleasure in leisure." Raku is an awakened, collected observing and perceiving with all senses, a very special way of meditating.

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