Batter up!!! Whip up those morning pancakes the fancy way with one of these beautiful handmade batter bowls! We are open at 9:00 a.m. this week, plenty of time to get home in time for breakfast!
For those of us who have not been exposed to this form of artistic expression, the term sounds very foreign. The term Raku is used to describe a unique pottery technique that originated from Japan and represents their Zen philosophy, which emphasizes humility and naturalness. It was first practiced as a method of creating pieces that were to be used in the tea ceremonies.
Raku means “enjoyment”. More specifically, it represents freedom and it is more so viewed as an art as opposed to pieces of utility. The overarching belief is that the artist’s spirit will become a part of the artwork they created.
The pots are first glazed and placed in a kiln at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. If the pot remains in tact after this shock and doesn’t explode, it is immediately transferred to an airtight container filled with flammable materials like sawdust or leaves. Shortly thereafter, some artists will submerge the pot in cold water to end the process. According to the Zen Masters, the Raku process represents enlightened life because it survives through the cycle of earth, water, air, and above all fire.
It wasn’t until the late 1950s that the western world became enthralled with this new method of pottery and began adapting it to western culture. In contrast with the Japanese Raku designs, which are characterized by modest designs on handmade bowls, Americans tended to gravitate towards creating more vibrant bowls, vases, and sculptures. Although some stick to the traditional form of Raku pottery, molding their bowls by hand, most Americans incorporate throwing wheels.
Almost ready!!! These plates are handmade, one at a time. The image is carved, the border is imprinted using a piece of bark. Once fired the plate is glazed then fired again. Will be available at the Gifts A GoGo Retail store soon! Isn’t it beautiful!
These handmade porcelain trays are coming to our Half Moon Bay gift shop! Great for serving up your favorite snacks! This turtle one is my favorite!
Just arrived today at our retail store! Beautiful Oil Decanters! Each one is handmade by an artisan in Florida! Supply is limited! Stop by today and pick one up for your Holiday Table!
We carry beautiful pottery! I am in love with this pitcher! What a nice addition this would make to your Thanksgiving table! Each piece is handmade one at a time by an artist in Florida. As always, if you see something you like on our Facebook page just message us and we will get one out to you!