Definitions for rakuˈrɑ ku
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a thick-walled, rough, lead-glazed earthenware, orig. from Japan.
Origin of raku:
1870–75; < Japn raku(-yaki)“pleasure” glaze
A style of Japanese pottery, considered the traditional style for the pottery used in the Japanese tea ceremony; (especially capitalised) such pottery made by the Raku family.
The English transliteration of a Japanese surname; specifically, that of the family traditionally licensed to manufacture the pottery.
Origin: From 楽.
Raku ware is a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterised by being hand shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. The familiar technique of placing the ware in a container filled with combustible material introduced by Paul Soldner, is not a traditional Raku practice. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide.
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