In the 16th-century. tea master Sen Rikyu was in the market for some handcrafted tea bowls. Rikyu was involved with the construction of Jurakudai, a lavish palace that would host the famous Great Kitano Tea Ceremony in 1587.
Tanaka Chōjirō, came from a distinguished family of potters. Chōjirō's pottery was inscribed with the symbol "Raku". Remarkably, aspects of his process and the term Raku have survived for over 400 years.
Today, the process of Raku involves taking pottery out of a kiln while it is still red-hot. Then the pottery is placed into containers containing combustibles that ignite. Such an extreme environment creates a vibrant, otherworldly piece of pottery - that could never be re-created. This uncontrollable element of Raku is what makes the process so exciting for potters and collectors.
In Tecate, CA., potter Jeremy Diller uses an outdoor kiln that reaches 2000 degrees to create his striking designs, like these "Dream Jars".
The semi-precious stone lid holds a scroll of paper that reads:
A dream is a promise you give to yourself or share with someone you love. It is a treasure more precious than gold. This Dream Jar is the perfect place for the shining dreams it can hold. So put all your deep, heartfelt wishes inside, where they will never be too far away. And you will find what you dream closer and closer each day.
*New* Wedding Vases - a unique addition to your wedding or a touching gift for a newlywed couple.
Each vase includes a traditional Italian Wedding Sentiment that reads:
Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Find these and more raku gifts that all include a thoughtful sentiment at Hafta Havit.