Raku Vase

Raku vessels were originally intended for tea ceremonies which combined Buddhist ideals with the everyday, in this case with the procedures of making and serving tea.

This porcelain vase, made by Devon Ceramicist Bruce Chivers, is called ‘Japanese Handle’. It is an abstracted form based on ‘Ikebana’ or flower arranging. One flower would grace the rim and taller stems would be supported by the handle. This handle is also a reflection of the Japanese gateway form which is seen at temples and shrines in Japan.
Raku has been adopted by western potters as a firing method which allows exciting unpredictable surface effects to arise.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
31/2017
Collection Class
Studio ceramics
Material
Cornish Porcelaintransparent crackle glaze
Common Name
Raku Vase
Simple Name
Vase
Inscription Transcription
BC (Bruce Chivers’ maker’s mark)
Period Classification
Modern (1945-)
Production Town
Exeter
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
2015
Production Person Initials
Bruce
Production Person Surname
Chivers

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Raku Vase