RAKU is an ancient technique originating in Japan in the 16th Century along with the tea ceremony and influenced
by Zen buddist philosophy.The tea ceremony was formulated during that time by the great Tea Masters to promote the contemplation
of the beauty of simplicity, "wabi".
"Wabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent,and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.It is a beauty of things unconventional."
In Raku the pieces are removed with long tongs from a red hot kiln. The glowing pot is then rolled in various materials (sawdust, leaves, paper), thus changing the colour and the chemistry of the pot.
This process requires total involvement and an intimate understanding of the materials,
transforming the pottery into sensual and dramatic forms of Art.