Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures. The term is derived from the Kanji character meaning enjoyment or ease. For fifteen generations it has been the title and seal used by a dynasty of potters' work which formed the central tradition of Japanese Raku.

The Raku process is enjoyable and exciting, but it subjects the pots to extreme stresses, particularly the rapid cooling by plunging the hot pot into cold water; some cracking is to be expected. This should not be viewed as a fault, but rather as an acknowledgement of the Raku process. Indeed, in Japan, the birthplace of the art of Raku, the cracks are often more revered than the pot!



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**Because of the crackled surface and the materials used in the glazes, Raku pottery is regarded as decorative, rather than functional, and not to be used to hold food, drink, or other liquids.