Raku is a classical firing technique that originated in Japan in the 16th century and has its roots in Zen Buddhism.  Pots are taken from the kiln red hot and transferred to a fireproof container filled with combustible material.  In the process, unglazed areas turn black and any crackle pattern in the glaze becomes more pronounced.

Raku pieces are porous and their glazes, while lead-free, may break down in the presence of highly alkaline or acidic substances (like fruit juices).  Raku pots are not microwave or dishwasher safe.

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