There was a great exhibit of raku bowls and other works held at a museum in Los Angeles.
In the West, the term raku refers to a quick, low-fire technique for making ceramics. In Japan, raku made its first appearance as a result of collaboration between Rikyu and Raku I (Cho’ujiro’u) in the 1500s. Since then, raku tea bowls have been beloved by tea practitioners as the saying goes: “First, Raku, second, Hagi, third, Karatsu” (ichi raku, ni hagi, san karatsu).
光悦作村雲・Murakumo (Gathering Clouds) by Ko’u’etsu
It was a valuable opportunity to view so many great utensils of great renown, which is rare even in Japan, much more so in California.
一元作飴釉釣船花入・Amber glaze fishing boat hana’ire by Ichigen
Originally posted July 8, 2015
This exhibit is currently in Tokyo through May 21, 2017