These raku tree motif brush jars have two luster glaze tree trunks against a fine leaf and branch pattern inscribed into a black satin background. They would make a lovely decorative and functional item for anyone who paints. As a drinking vessel, they should only be used for water or clear tea.
The first 2 pictures one jar, with a turquoise rim and lining. The 3rd picture shows another jar, which has a dark turquoise rim, with a mottled green glaze inside. All are 3" across the mouth, 4" high, and are perfect for a handful of medium length or squat brushes.
My raku pots are bisque fired in my indoor kiln, then raku fired in my outdoor kiln. When the pot is red hot, it is taken out with long iron tongs, then plunged into a bin of pine sawdust. It is covered tightly and left for half an hour. Any unglazed parts turn black, while glazed areas develop a network of cracks, and sometimes metallic lusters. Each pot turns out differently as the elements have their way. The art of raku is the interaction of control and chance.
Raku was developed in 16th century Japan by Korean potters. It is deeply rooted in Zen philosophy. Until 50 years ago, raku was primarily used to make articles for the Japanese tea ceremony. In ancient times, raku tea bowls were so highly prized, they were given to Shoguns to convey great honour.
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Returns & exchanges
Most of my customers have been delighted with their purchases. But if you don't think my item is as it has been described, you may return it, and I will refund the item cost, but not the shipping. If the item is as described but you don't like it, I charge a $25 restocking fee, and you must return it at your own expense, and absorb shipping costs for both ways. If your purchase arrives broken, I will send you a replacement, once you have e-mailed me a picture of the damage. If I don't have one in stock, I will refund the full amount.
GREAT SAVINGS! All my regular and large urns have been reduced, as I now sell them ONLY from my studio.
Please note that NO TWO PIECES ARE EXACTLY ALIKE There may be minor differences between the posted photo and the piece you receive, as I do not re-shoot each individual item.
RAKU WARES: Raku is a primitive firing method which is prized for its one of a kind results. Each piece is taken at 1200 degrees from an outdoor kiln with two and a half foot long tongs, and bursts into flames as it is plunged into a barrel of wood shavings. The contact with the tongs, the shavings and the barrel all leave their marks. This is expected, and even revered by collectors of raku, as it shows the trial by fire that the vessel endures. My smooth black raku pieces are all grasped at their back and put in the barrel very carefully, to insure that minimal irregularities occur, away from the front of the piece.