Raku is the ancient Japanese sacred art of the tea bowl ceremony. The ultimate zen experience to make, glaze, fire and then drink from your tea bowl in one day. Many centuries since then Potters the world over continue to slave over small kilns in their backyard in thrall to a technique that rewards and punishes…. sometimes at the same time. The fragility of the soft low fired ware makes the survival of sometimes stunning results become almost miraculous ; handled so roughly at high heat with metal tongs into cold air, plunged into buckets then assaulted with cold water. It’s an incredibly exciting process.
That Adrenalin rush of excitement at watching the speed of glazes melting and coming out of the hot kiln and being dowsed in cold water remains an enduring experience of the art that Raku still embodies today.
Saturday 7th September 10.30 -12.00.p.m.
25 Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh EH7 4JE