Friday, November 1, 2013

Happiness in the Accident

My small collection of pottery just grew by one more.
My friend Karen brought me a beautiful little Raku pot
from her trip to Seattle....
and also a handful of perfect tiny pinecones.

I have another Raku pot and you can see it
in my previous post here....

Raku means
"happiness in the accident".
It is a type of firing process
that dates back to early 16th century Japan.
Don Nibert, a famous late Raku potter,
said this.....
"What is it about the dynamics of this particular discipline that makes Raku so vital.  Raku exemplifies....a complex relationship of material, human activity, and qualities of the natural world...Raku implies freshness and simplicity; it also defines an accidental or happenstance element, maybe even a imperfection which lends elegance and uniqueness to the whole.  Raku has a beauty that stems from age.  It stresses the appreciation of transient things and of the cycles of life that give rise to change.  It can also refer to the quality of unpretentiousness or a kind of primitive naturalness."
Did you notice?
The little Raku pot has a metal lid
with a Kokopelli engraved on it.
I love it!
The tiny pine cones are now in my potpourri bowl.
I love pinecones, big and small.
Sometimes when I go to my cousins,
she gives me lots of pinecones from her yard.
Any new ideas for using pinecones?
"Between every two pines is a doorway
to a new world."
---John Muir

Savor the Day!


Linda Jo said...

Beautiful pot! Wish I could hand you some pine cones!!!!

Kris said...

I love raku. This is a gorgeous little pot!

Unknown said...

lovely little raku bowl .... and of course the pinecones - lovely too!

Halle said...

That pot is gorgeous!!!!! My MIL has been buying me MN/WI pottery as gifts for the past few years. I've amassed quite a collection in a short period of time. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I remember years ago (yep, showing my age) I saw this process done on an episode of the Carol Duvall Show. I remember the artist saying he didn't know what to expect until the piece was cold and could be removed from the container. He used an old metal trash can for the final firing. I fell in love with the technique and I see you love it, too.

I also love anything Kokopelli. When I visited the southwest US, I was quite intrigued by the image and the various shapes it acquired. Seems each artist had his or her own interpretation of it.

Your friend gave you a wonderful gift. How very thoughtful of her and lucky for you.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautiful! A particularly fine piece of raku.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Yvonne, you're not blogging. Hope all is well and you are just keeping yourself busy. Love that little Raku pot and the pinecones are very sweet, too. Best wishes, Tammy