Raku means "living in harmony with things and people". This technique was devised in Japan in the 16th Century to create bowls for the tea ceremony, in accordance with the spirit of Zen philosophy. In Raku firing, the piece is removed from the kiln when it has reached the enamel fusion temperature (920-940°); subsequently it is covered in sawdust, which catches fire when it touches the white-hot object. The combustion is stopped and the piece is covered in order to retain the smoke, which gives the article a blackish glaze characterised by unusual and striking reflections.

Cottura ceramica in raku