Miscellaneous Pottery SHORAKU Sasaki kiln: Ara-raku Chawan.

Height: 8.1 cm (3.2 inches) Diameter: 11.9 cm (4.7 inches)

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Raku is a process that has been traditionally and primarily used to produce teabowls/chawan for the Japanese tea ceremony. It involves firing to a relatively low temperature and removing from the hot kiln to cool in cold water, resulting in a porous body and a crackling of the glaze. The body comprises of a high-temperature clay to which 25% grog (pulverised burned clay) has been added, which enables the body to withstand the sudden heat and cold shock.


This teabowl was made in the kiln of Shoraku Sasaki III in Kame-oka near the Yada shrine, Kyoto. His grandfather had founded his original kiln to produce such items near the temple of Kiyomizu in Eastern Kyoto, moving to the present site in 1945. It was in fact the head priest of the Yada shrine that gave Shoraku his name and his grandson now has the title and carries on the tradition.