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Clay is shaped to make a pot, and what's useful is its emptieness.
Lao Tzu   (Tao Te Ching)

Chawan:  for Sale  (Wood-fired & Raku-fired)

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Chawan:  Sold

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    "Maccha-wan" is specifically designed to drink powdered green tea in Japan.  It is rather difficult to achieve good quality consistantly from temperamental wood-fire.I only manage a few chawan out of my kiln after each firing.  Many unsatisfactory chawan have been discarded or distroyed.  Still I believe it is the only way to keep my appreciative clients happy and satisfied.

Raku  Jawan: Sold

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    My tea bowls are fired above 950c° in my small 'Raku' kiln.  Firing at this low temperature gives delightful softness to the glazes.

What is Raku?   

    'Raku' is a Japanese word that can be translated as meaning "enjoyment".  It can be said that 'Raku' is the direct result of the collaboration between the famous tea-master Rikyu and the roof-tile maker Chojiro.
    During the Civil War in late 16th Century Japan, the feudal lord, Hideyoshi gave an ideograph of 'Raku' engraved on a gold seal to Chojiro, who adopted the word as his family title.
    What makes 'Raku' unique is the use of low-fired clay and glazes in a small quick-firing kiln.  Indeed Chojiro is said to have been the first to produce, in 1580, a low-fired glazed pottery which involved putting the tea bowls into, and taking them out of, a red-hot muffle kiln, rather than waiting for the kiln to cool.
    When the glazes have melted, the bowls are removed from the kiln.  As they cool, the glazes are exposed to oxidation and reduction, and the resultant diversity of delicate and muted colours renders each pot unique.  The rawness of the clay and the gentle nature of the glaze create the opportunity to achieve extremely subtle variations of colour.

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[ The images above are all well-known masterpieces by Chojiro ]

    'Raku' bowls are made from refractory clay, which is able to withstand the extreme thermal shocks to which it is exposed in the firing process.  The clay is not hard-fired, and therefore the bowls are relatively fragile and porous until sealed by use with tea, or by the application of oil.  Nevertheless, the body is an excellent thermal insulator and the Japanese consider it ideal for drinking hot green tea.
    Couple this with the infinite variations of understated colour and texture through which each bowl each tells a story, and it is easy to see why this firing process became so widely acclaimed and appropriately named as 'Raku', or enjoyment.
    Chojiro's tea bowls usually have their individual names; some poetic and some witty were given by successive owners.  We can see how those bowls have been treated as priceless treasures for centuries.

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