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.
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!