Raku - the process

Raku bottle

raku pot

Raku means joy, pleasure. It is originally a Japanese ceramic firing technique whereby the result is always uncertain and surprising.  

In the spirit of raku, there is the necessity to embrace the element of surprise. There can be no fear of losing what was once planned, and there must be an urge to grow along with the discovery of the unknown. Make no demands, expect nothing, follow no absolute plan, be secure in change, learn to accept another  solution and, finally, prefer to gamble on your own intuition.

In honour of Paul Soldner (1921-2011)  Quote from interview Paul Soldner Artist and provocateur .

It originates from the mid to late 1500s  tea Ceremonies based upon principles known as“Wabi-cha”. 
Wabi-sabi is the finding of deep beauty in the inherent and inexorable deterioration of time on absolutely everything and the formal appreciation of the rustic, unrefined,and imperfect*.    
From Comments: Relationship of Chado, Raku, and Japanese ceramics Post by JBaymore » Feb 24th 2013