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    Glossary Term
    Raku Ware - Soft, lead-glazed, low-fired type of pottery used most often in "chado" or "Tea Ceremony"

    -Raku Ware-
    (Also "raku-yaki")

    English Definition:
    A soft, lead-glazed, low-fired type of pottery used most often in "chado" or "Tea Ceremony"

    Raku Ware is a style of pottery said to have been started in Kyoto during the second half of the 16th century by a tilemaker named Chojiro. Raku (meaning "pleasure") Ware is characterized by a rough, hand made appearance with subtle, often transparent, lead glazes and exposed patches. Even today, the raku family of potters are making bowls for Tea Ceremony.

    Note: "Raku Ware" relates to the craft, Yakimono, Japanese ceramics.






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