Though the Japanese word Raku simply means pleasure or enjoyment, it has come to represent a unique style of pottery involving an unusual and dynamic firing process. Raku pottery originated in Japan, and was developed as a special part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Hand made Japanese tea bowls are still an integral part of this honored tea service. The making of Raku pottery has evolved over time, and particularly in the way that Western potters create Raku work.
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