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translated to mean " joy or contentment"
(see raku info & history below)
Raku Information & History:
Originating with the Japanese between the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, the process entails opening the kiln when red hot (1800 degrees) and quickly lifting the pots out with long metal tongs. Americans took this process further in the 1900's by placing the hot pieces into a "reduction atmosphere" using a metal can with burnable materials like leaves, sawdust, pine needles or newspaper. The porous clay body then captures the smoke, and the glazes react to this lack of oxygen by creating beautiful lusters or unique smoke & crackle patterns making a one-of-a-kind art piece.
The raku process leaves the pieces porous and should be considered decorative - not for functional use for food. Glazes with copper lusters will continue to evolve and may tend to darken with age, similar to fine silver products.