RAKU POTTERY BY ARTISTS JOYCE FURNEY, MIKE LEMKE, SHEKINAH CLAY STUDIOS
The delightful art of Raku is a visual treat and is attributed to Zen Buddhist Monks of 16th Century Japan. In that culture and time, Raku was much more than a method of making and firing pottery, it was a philosophy. The Japanese symbol for Raku can be translated as "enjoyment of freedom". We in the West have distilled Raku to a technical process. It is now generally accepted to mean a method of rapid firing and cooling of ceramic ware.