Friday, October 14, 2011

Painting raku cup

At the workshop, you choose a piece from the pre-baked ruku cups, and a quick lecture for painting was given.  You could paint your cup with six different colored glazes available there.  Other people were making colorful cups, but I wanted to make a black cup.  Because, I was inspired by the beautiful black raku tea bowls that I saw at the raku ware museum.  

Konnichiwa, it's Koheiヽ(^。^)ノ  The difficult part is that the original glazes are all grayish and you don’t know how colorful or dark they appear after baking.  But, at the same time, the mysterious part is fascinating. 

Drying the pieces on the kiln

Baking them in the kiln for about 40 min.

Taking them out and immediately soaking in water

If you want ashy black flavor in color, you smoke it for a half minute before soaking it in water.

You feel affection for your self-made piece even if it is not excellent.  So as mine.  I think I did pretty well as my first try.  I look forward to having tea with it^^  Jah!


  1. It looks great!
    I made a chawan and it was too heavy to use. :(

  2. Arigato!
    I have done same thing, before. It got small and heavy, hahaha^^