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Raku ware


Raku ware is a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterised by being hand shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from 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 is allowed to cool in the open air. The familiar technique of placing the ware in a container filled with combustible material introduced by Paul Soldner, is not a traditional Raku practice. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide.

  • also known as Raku

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Google previewThe Guennol Collection (1982)

by Ida Ely Rubin

Raku ware is a low-fired, lead-glazed earthenware. Most of the production has consisted of tea bowls, contrary to the practice of other kilns, where tea bowls usually ...

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts (2006)

by Gordon Campbell

Historical association and technical accessibility endeared Raku ware to amateur and professional potters alike, and by the beginning of the 19th century its manufacture had spread throughout Japan. In the 20th century the glazing and firing practices of Raku spread to the West, and Raku ...

Google previewWebster's Unabridged Dictionary 1913 (2017)

111.716 definitions & 1.55 mill cross-references by Noah Webster

○-○ ≍ Raku ware - Webster's 1 A kind of earthenware made in Japan, resembling Satsuma ware, but having a paler color. ○-○ ≍ Rale - Webster's 1 n. An adventitious sound, usually of morbid origin, accompanying the normal respiratory sounds. See Rhonchus. ○-○ ≍ Rallentando - Webster's 1 a.

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Raku ware is removed from the kiln while stilll hot.

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