Raku – in Czech Republic

I came home with happy memories from Czech Republic.  The symposium ran for two weeks and was held at Jurta in Nebocady, Decin, with famous Dresden just across the border.  I met 30 – 40 enthusiastic participants (Czech, German, Polish, Slovakian etc) and started with a Raku demonstration.

For this demo, I prepared a special clay that I found in a small local village that used to be famous for its ceramics.  I showed my traditional method with simple handmade tools that I brought from the UK, and explained the importance that tea masters hold Raku tea bowls with in Japan.  My friend Lukas did a pretty good job of interpreting my English into Czech.  Without his help throughout my visit, I would not have survived a day in the Republic.

(photos by friends at the symposium)

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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