The Black Raku tea bowl is one of the utensil used in this traditional tea ceremony. It epitomizes the austere beauty and profound simplicity that's so highly regarded in this culture.
I started by telling the 400 year old dramatic story of how "Raku"came to be and how it is inseparable from the Tea ceremony.
Then I demonstrated the process I use to carve each bowl from clay. After each student chose one of the bowls to be their own I applied the glaze and we loaded it into the gas kiln. In a few minutes we could see the bowls glowing orange inside the kiln. As the glazes became molten and shiny we chose the perfect moment to open the hot kiln, pick up the glowing bowl and plunge it into water.
With each new born tea bowl, still warm from the fire, the first tea was placed into the bowl, wisked with hot water to perfection and given to the new owner of that bowl.
A custom made box was made for each bowl for protection throughout it's life.
It was a great evening of unique creations, ancient tradition, education and love for each other.
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Richard Brandt, 2014