Suitable for age 10+ (children to be accompanied by an adult)
The Term Raku refers to a technique which originated in Japan in the 16th Century where small bowls were made for the Tea ceremony. During the process of firing the clay piece is removed from the kiln at approximately 1000 degrees C and plunged into a combustible material (e.g. sawdust). This creates special glaze effects and then it is fast cooled by immersion in water.
Raku was part of the Zen tradition where both "Nature and Chance" are put together.
"Fire" is the essential ingredient in this whole process where clay is transformed into pottery and glazes can become molten.
Raku also can be interpreted as meaning "enjoyment' so today the technique has become a popular and exciting channel of more expressive and spontaneous work for potters. Des Alner.