Raku Definition

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 (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.

    From Wiktionary

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