«Happiness lies in
Raku came into being in
Japan in the sixteenth century through the collaboration between a tea
master and a potter. This encounter, ruled by the Zen philosophy, paved
the way for a purified ceramics for the tea ceremony, stripped
of all superfluous artifices.
The originality of the Raku firing lies in its brutality: i.e. to
open the kiln at 1000°C to smoke the incandescent pots and
accentuate the effects of the metallic glazing. This process makes the
pieces undergo a considerable thermal shock.
The Raku technique was exported to the United States in the Sixties,
and then later to Europe. The characteristic Raku firing changed when
in contact with Westerners. Moving away from the Zen philosophy, this
technique became a splendid media of liberty in which the capacity of
expression is incomparable.