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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