- a thick-walled, rough, dark lead-glazed Japanese earthenware used in the tea ceremony.
Origin of raku
1870–75; < Japanese raku(-yaki) “pleasure” glaze, originated by Chōjirō of Kyoto, who was given the seal-stamp with the character “pleasure” from Hideyoshi as an artisan-household designation
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Examples from the Web for raku
Raku ware, so called from the inscribed mark Raku (happiness), consisted chiefly of tea-bowls.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
The raku faience owed much of its popularity to the patronage of the tea clubs.
It is equally hard to understand why raku should have been preferred to porcelain for this special ceremonial.
These bowls were sometimes imported from Siam and other countries, and vessels of raku were made for the same purpose.
This raku was a ware introduced by a Corean called Ameya, about the beginning of the sixteenth century.