This Japanese Vintage Raku yaki 樂 Pottery Kashiki Bowl Flowers was made about 40-50 years ago, between the 1960s and 1970s. It is painted in an underglaze ivory color much like Kyoto Satsuma. It is decorated in many bright colored flowers the completely fill the sides of the bowl a blend into the scalloped rim. Purple, red, yellow, orange, white flowers fill the bowl with blue and green highlights. It is quite beautiful. Kashiki is the name of a dessert bowl that is used for the tea ceremony. It would be a great decorative bowl or could be used for many other things safely. It has been used as their is a small stain in the center as the crackle creamware often does but it does not take away from its beauty. It has no cracks or chips. It is signed on the bottom with the mark of Raku. It come with a tomobako which is a box made especially for an item signed by the potter with the name of Raku and the title for the item . This is quite unusual fro a Raku piece.
Size: Diameter 7.60 inches or 19.5 cm, Height 3.9 inches or 10 cm, weight with box 1430 grams or 3.15 lbs.
Raku-ware Pottery, Raku-yaki 楽焼き
There are many many resources on the internet for information about Raku and the concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ in addition to many books written. This is just one we happened to save the name of the resource for, from the New World Encyclopdia, Raku 樂 or Rakuyaki 樂焼き is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by simple, hand-formed bowls, low firing temperatures resulting in a fairly porous body, lead glazes, and the removal of pottery from the kiln while still glowing hot. Raku is the traditional method for creating bowls for the Japanese Tea ceremony. Raku tea bowls are hand made from earthenware, each with a unique shape, glaze and style.
The term of ‘Raku’ was derived from the site where clay was dug in Kyoto in the late 16th century and is found in Kanji character meaning ‘enjoyment’ or ‘ease.’ Raku ware is one type of example of Japanese pottery of ‘wabi-sabi’, meaning simplicity, enjoyment, and more information which can be found on the internet. This lineage of potters believes that 'Raku' refers to the potters who use the technique, not the technique itself. For 15 generations it has been the title and seal used by a lineage of potters whose work formed the central tradition in Japan.
The Zen philosophy behind the Japanese tea ceremony influenced the artistic style of Raku potters in Japan. For 15 generations, the official Raku title and seal has been used by a line of potters whose work formed the central tea pottery tradition in Japan. Raku was also made by numerous workshops in and around Kyoto, as well as by amateur tea pottery practitioners and professional potters throughout Japan after the publication of a Raku-style manual in the eighteenth century.
from New World encyclopedia, excerpts
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