This Japanese Vintage Raku- yaki Chawan or Tea Bowl was made about 20-30 years ago. One can see the spun rings where it was made by the artist on the potter's wheel. It has a beautiful kuro or black glaze. There are also times when they are hand molded, called the Raku firing process qhich is done at low temperatures. Raku comes in many forms and colors but this is one of my favorites, and is most elegant. Raku firing process. The black Raku was developed by the famous Shoraku Sasaki and is called Kuro-Raku, This is a fine one that feels so warm in the hands,It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. There is a potters stamp that is illegible and most likely the Raku mark. This was a purchase from Japan.
Size Diameter. 5.4 inches or 13.7cm, Height 2.6 or 6.5cm
Raku ware or 'Raku-yaki' 楽焼, datrd back to the 18th century. It is one of Japan's cornerstone arts and one that has exploded in popularity all around the world since it was introduced to the West by Paul Soldner in the late 1950s and, to a good degree, by the late British potter Bernard Leach in the 1920s. Raku pottery serves both practical and aesthetic purposes in Japan, by also by same family that created the Raku technique in the 1700s. It is now one that is made all over the world.
In Japan, one world view that is reflected in much of the artwork of the country is that of 'wabi-sabi'. Simply put, wabi-sabi is beauty through imperfection, incompletion, and impermanence. Some of the characteristics of wabi-sabi are simplicity, irregularity, and modesty. The values of wabi reflect the Zen beliefs of the priests who created the concept many hundreds of years ago.
In Japan, there's an old adage that goes Raku first, Hagi second, Karatsu third. Some of the characteristics of wabi-sabi are simplicity, irregularity, and modesty. The values of wabi reflect the Zen beliefs of the priests who created the concept many hundreds of years ago. Raku has been one of Japan's most cherished art forms for over 500 years now and with its popularity rising worldwide, Raku-yaki plays an important part of the Japanese tea ceremony.
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