Raku requires mindfulness like the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tony and Jake firing rakuRaku is a form of pottery developed in Japan in the 16th century

Originally used to create pottery that was graceful and beautiful enough to match the traditional art of the Japanese tea ceremony, which calls for tranquil movements and a presence of great wisdom, harmony, and compassion, Raku creates a delicate, ethereal and otherworldly glaze that becomes a fitting companion for the spiritual uses to which it is put.

The Raku firing of our innerSpirit Rattles is a very hands-on process. The pottery is light, delicate, and feels earthy to the touch. Raku ware is removed from the kiln with long-handled tongs while still glowing red-hot, and quickly placed inside a metal can with a combustible material. J. Davis  Studio uses locally recycled newspapers.

Can of Raku

After the paper ignites, the container is closed tightly which causes a reduction of air. The lack of oxygen and smoke react with the glaze creating an unpredictable one-of-a-kind surface. When the can has cooled for a few minutes, the lid is opened and a burst of water is sprayed on the pieces to quickly freeze the luminescent colors.

Living in Far West Texas all his life has had a profound effect on John Davis’ pottery.  The rugged beauty and history of the peaceful Big Bend region helped inspire John’s raku line.Inspiration comes from both the mountainous beauty, and the rich history associated with the area.

Tony and Jake spraying water on rakuEven though the raku firing process originated in Japan, the rustic look creates the essence of an ancient civilization, like an artifact unearthed from a primitive Indian camp ground around the Rio Grande riverbed.

Many raku pieces break during the thermal shock treatment, so each surviving raku ware is truly a treasure to be cherished.Click to download 8.5 X 11

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