Husband and Wife Invent Raku Pottery

Chojiro and his wife developed the raku technique

It all began in Japan. Here’s how it went down:

After 450 years of feudal conflicts, constant warring came to an end in the late 1500’s.

Zen philosophy, the belief that beauty resides in the simple, the quiet, and the imperfect, spread throughout the land. The tea ceremony embodied Zen philosophy.

The great tea master, Sen-no-Rikyu

A great tea master, Sen-no-Rikyu, officially promoted the clay works of Chojiro and his wife, who had developed the raku technique of making simple hand-made bowls.

The raku technique of respecting natural processes has continued to influence ceramic art worldwide.

Raku firing on Thunder weekend at AA Clay: firing day of workshop.

AA Clay offers a two-day raku workshop three or four times a year. This workshop firing fell on the weekend of Thunder over Louisville. Take a look at the raku firing process. Check aaclay.com for upcoming workshops.

Set up of raku kiln

 

Alex Adams with workshop bisque-ware

 

Ready to close kiln

 

Hot kiln just opened

 

Atmospheric reduction in process

 

Plunging hot pots into cold water after reduction

 

Group discussion after firing

 

Completed raku pottery