Raku Pottery: The Ideal Gift
For people looking for that little something, something that’s a bit different to give to friends and loved ones as a gifts or an incredible to piece to add to their own pottery collections, Raku pottery is just as unique as it is beautiful. Each piece of pottery is completely hand crafted in the Raku style, prepared and made to exacting specifications in order to hold the title of Raku pottery. The Raku method of design ensures uniqueness exactly as the style defines. The firing method and the glazing method must meet very specific requirements for the proper finish. Each finished piece of Raku pottery is nothing short of spectacular, representing some of the finest examples of beauty when the process is followed to the letter.
Raku pottery is not for those without patience nor is it for potters who prefer a quick and easy method of crafting pottery. There is nothing in the Raku process that is quick or easy, so keep in mind that when purchasing Raku pottery that you are paying for the process and all it entails as much as you are paying for the finished product. Ultimately your investment is a unique and beautiful addition to your personal pottery collection or the collection of the one it’s bestowed upon.
The extreme temperatures that are used in the creation of Raku pottery leave a beautiful finish or glaze on the pottery itself but render it impractical and virtually useless for many of the common uses of traditional pottery. It needs to be pointed out that most Raku pottery is not food safe and will not hold up well in either microwaves or dishwashers because of the paint and glaze used – they are mostly ornamental. Whilst most pottery you’ll acquire will have a practical purpose, Raku pottery on the other hand is purely decorative – it’s soul purpose is to beautify and enhance. If you intend on giving Raku pottery as a gift to someone who collects pottery you should make a point of mentioning that the piece is made “Raku” style and provide any care instructions that may have come with the piece you’ve purchased for them. Most Raku artists include specific care instructions and cautions for their pieces, if for nothing else to preserve the beauty and protect the labor of love that went into creating their art.
The Raku process of making pottery originated in Japan and has since lit the world afire, almost literally, with its widely held popularity. While there are very few potters that have managed to embrace the Raku process to perfection, the style remains in high demand globally, in particular, the United States where we are seeing a handful of artists coming out each year with a few pieces of Raku pottery pieces among their collections. Many of the pieces produced by skilled artists are swept up quite quickly, despite high prices, continuing the great demand for Raku.
If you are interested in owning a piece of Raku pottery it is possible to add smaller pieces to your collection at lower prices compared to that of the larger pieces, though these are still much higher in price than pottery that has been fired using traditional firing methods. The good news is that even at higher prices it is possible to own some of these stunning pieces of pottery that are “works of art” in and of themselves – even on a more modest working budget the purchase is well worth consideration. Avid collectors of Raku pottery will be the first to tell you that this is a significant investment, while very few feel they aren’t getting their money’s worth in enjoyment from each piece they buy. As long as you work to take proper care of these stunning pieces, they will provide years of enjoyment for new and old collectors alike.
But just like all art, Raku pottery isn’t for everyone. But those who love it are typically passionate about their love of this particular style of pottery. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, make a point of checking out any local artists that may have Raku works in their collections, some of them even cater to bespoke work.