Jazz Quinn Arts

An item Jacki can do quite well, is ceramics done in the raku style, a Japanese finish to the glazes, and quite attractive.

        The word "raku" derives from a Chinese ideogram representing enjoyment, quiet, happiness, ease and pleasure. Raku refers not only to the technique and type of ware but is also a title for the practitioners of this art. Although the names of few individual potters are known, as pottery was usually identified with a the region or "kiln" it originated in, it is known that the first Raku was a man by the name of Chojiro, who was gifted with the family name of Tanaka by an influential Zen Buddhist - a master of the tea ceremony. (Lynggaard, pp. 14, 17)

The traditional raku tea bowls were highly prized. To be presented with one by a shogun was a great honor. One American potter has said of raku:

           "The cult of tea, or Teaism, is a way of life that expresses an acceptance and veneration of the imperfect in an attempt to imbue man's commonplace surroundings with great meaning and beauty. It places great emphasis on meditation and quiet contemplation as a means of developing awareness of the inherent beauty of the imperfect, asymmetrical form. It celebrates the excitement of surfaces which derive their character from nature-inspired phenomena; and it becomes a part of the spontaneous creative process, though it may be." (Riegger, p. 9)

        Tea bowls were traditionally made without the wheel. The glaze must be crazed, else the whisk beating the tea will sound harsh and loud, disturbing the peace of the tea room. Rims were made unevenly, to allow the individual to find a suitable position for drinking, and a slight depression at the bottom of the tea bowl allowed a few drops of tea to pool after the tea was finished, to resemble rain collected in the depression of a rock. (Sanders, pp. 191, 194)

For more information on the history and techniques of Raku: Lynggaard, Finn. Pottery: Raku Technique. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., Great Britain, 1970. Riegger, Hal. Raku Art and Technique. Studio Vista Publishers, London. Sanders, Herbert H.. The World of Japanese Ceramics. Kodansha International Limited, New York

Don't forget, if you have something specific in mind you'd like, just ask Jacki if she can do it. Custom orders welcome!

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