EXHIBITION-SALES RAKU & TEA BOWLS, UNTIL MARS 31st

Posted on 08/02/2019

Andoche Praudel

EMPREINTES offers you a real immersion in the poetry and spirituality of the raku universe. Raku is a low-temperature ceramic firing technique invented in Japan in the 16th century. It is first and foremost a true aesthetics, a contemplative philosophy linked to the tea ceremony.

Through the creations of ceramists: Jean-François Delorme, Barbara Billoud, Geneviève Chevallier, Gianbattista Ferraglio, Marion Gayraud and Andoche Praudel, your fine crafts concept store selected tea bowls and sculptures.

Watch the density of matter and the imperfect beauty embodying this delicate and spectacular technique.

A FIRING TECHNIQUE

Nani Champy Schott, Jean-François Bourlard © Anthony Girardi

Raku refers to a short time firing technique at low temperature based on a thermal shock: after being fired - between 900 C and 1300 C° - the piece undergoes a rapid cooling in the open air according to Japanese tradition, and in incandescent materials (sawdust, wood chips, scrap paper, dead leaves, etc.) using the Western style technique.

This abrupt temperature change causes cracks in the enamel, through which smoke gets in the clay and modifies its colours. It is in part this accidental, spectacular, spontaneous and experimental aspect that leads many creators to adopt this firing method.

TEA BOWLS

Raku is much more than the technical aspect and its surprising effect. It arose in Japan in the 16th century from a meeting between a tea master, Sen no Rikyû, and a potter, Chôrijô, the founder of the Raku lineage. It is initially used exclusively for the creation of bowls for the tea ceremony: the “chawan”.

It refers to a much broader aesthetics and embodies a spiritual thought linked to this strictly codified ritual.

 

Jean-François Delorme

Each gesture is watched, the tea bowl is an object of contemplation and worship of beauty and its relativity, its simplicity and its imperfection.


Raku was brought in the West in the middle of the 20th century, not linked to the tea ceremony anymore, and many fine craft workers appropriated it to create vases, sculptures and other decorative objects.

Andoche Praudel

CHAWANYA, BOOK OF A JAPANESE POTTER

by Raku Kichizaemon, XV° master of the raku potters dynasty

AVAILABLE AT THE CONCEPT STORE

Saturday, January 26th: presentation of the book by Andoche Praudel & Aude Tahon, president of Ateliers d’Art de France, at 3.30pm at the concept store bookshop.