A kind of earthenware, originally developed for the Japanese tea ceremony in the 16th cent., that has been fired and glazed and then quickly fired again, leaving a blackened, distinctively variegated pattern.
Webster's New World
The English transliteration of a Japanese surname; specifically, that of the family traditionally licensed to manufacture the pottery.
Origin of Raku
From Japanese楽 (raku, “fun, delightful”).A seal engraved with this word was marked on the early pieces. It was the title and seal used by 15 generations of potters.
Raku Sentence Examples
But the term raku-yaki did not come into use until the close of the century, when Chjiro (artistic name, Choryu) received from Hideyoshi (the TaikO) a seal bearing the ideograph raku, with which he thenceforth stamped his productions.
The raku faience owed much of its popularity to the patronage of the tea clubs.
He took for his models the raku faience of KiOto, the masterpieces of Ninsei and Kenzan, the rococc wares of Korea, the enamelled porcelain of China, and the blue-andwhite ware of Delft.
Its only notable production of a ceramic character was the work of Miura Kenya (1830-1843), who followed the methods of the celebrated Haritsu (I 6881704) of KiOto in decorating plain or lacquered wood with mosaics of raku faience having colored glazes.
Current Work Raku and smoke fired figurative ceramics and bowls.