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Raku yaki and Chawan are a a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony – Chanoyu - most often in the form of tea bowls. It is characterised by being hand shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. However, Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide to adapt new styles.
This art expresses the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which centers on the acceptance of transience and imperfection in nature. The beauty of the insulated material combines with the low firing temperature and the slowly-cooling hot water. The final result is always a unique and sublime piece of art.
Clays from different sources have different substances that affect color and strength. The temperature control of the kiln is another factor. To learn the art of ceramics is to understand the spirit of nature. Earth, Fire, Water and Air combined together to produce powerful works.
A WORD ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1968 in Bangkok, K. Bathma is a graduated of Applied Art in Ceramics at Bangkok Art University. Pursuing his ceramic dreams, K. Bathma flew to Japan in 1999 to study with well-known Ceramic Artist Atarashi Kanji (Osaka, 1944) for several years. Atarashi Kanji is an Iga veteran who has been firing his anagama since 1975. He transmitted not only his knowledge of Japanese pottery to K. Bathma but also Zen philosophy. The essence of Pottery is not merely working with clay, it is a mystical relation with the elements, a symbiosis with nature.
K. Bathma is the leading ceramic artist in Thailand, sharing his time between exhibitions and teachings at several Art universities in Bangkok. He is the driving force behind the preservation of japanese pottery and Iga-Yaki in Thailand.
The cups are in perfect condition, and hold the artist stamp at the bottom.
To preserve the elegant features and exceptional colors of our teacups, follow carefully these instructions: