A lovely fact about raku is that its name literally translates as ‘happiness in the accident’. This piece is 7 inches tall (10-3/4 inches with the fiber handle) and 3 to 3-1/2 inches wide from the base to the handles.

Raku firing really is one of the most natural techniques that you can encounter in pottery. In raku firing all of nature’s elements are used, earth, fire, air and water. The earth is used to make the pot, then it’s put into a reduction chamber kiln, then plunged into water. The cold water halts the firing process.

Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies.

In 1580, the potter Chijiro is thought to be the first to produce this form of ware. He developed a low-fire pottery process in which he placed ware directly into a red-hot kiln, then once the glazes had melted, removed the ware from the still red-hot kiln and allowed the pottery to cool outside the kiln.“In commemoration of an auspicious day (6) in the 11th month in the year of Showa 58.” November 6, 1983