Japanese Raku

The students in the 3rd hour Ceramics I class studied the art of Japanese tea ceremonies and the philosophical Zen methods used to create a “chawan” or tea bowl. These vessels have different properties compared to normal ceramic glazeware in that the vessels are removed from the kiln at 1850 degrees¬†Fahrenheit, then submerged in water. This thermal shock creates a “crackle” on the glaze giving the chawan a very antiqued look. Below are several examples from the Fall 2015 class as well as a video demonstrating the raku process.
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