the art of Raku is connected to Zen and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
The attainment of balance and harmony is the goal of the Tea Ceremony;
the appreciation of Nature is central to the ritual. Nature is the
source of balance and harmony. Also central to the Tea Ceremony
is the ritual preparation of green tea, and the expression of appreciation
for the way the tea is prepared and served. The receptacle of the
ceremonial tea is the raku fired Tea Bowl. The raku process applied
to clay involves the natural elements of earth (clay), fire, and
water. The Tea Bowl is symbolic of essential, natural balance, and
harmony; an object of contemplation.
Japanese term "raku" connotes spontaneity, intuition,
and contentment. I choose to fire my instruments using the Raku
style of firing because I admire and enjoy the aesthetic and serendipitous
nature of the process. Each fired piece is unique, like improvisational
jazz. Starting with a form, or melody line: decorate it, embellish
it; expose it to the creative flame; let your knowledge, experience,
and intuition guide you. In both Raku and Jazz, the
artist must "let go" and trust that the intuitional process
will create an acceptable finished piece. I can not always predict
how a finished piece will look or sound, but almost always the result
is interesting, pleasing and even magical.
salute my fellow clay artists who inspire me: the alchemists
of functionality, and fine artists who play in the mud. Visitors
to this site are invited to visit my Virtual Gallery and contact
me. I hope you enjoy your visit, and return to view new work as
it appears in the Gallery.