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Spring Special Exhibition - A selection of works by Raku successive generations -
Function and Beauty - A Multiplicity of Ceramic Forms –
Saturday 14 March - Sunday 28 June 2020

Raku ware was pioneered by Raku Chōjirō (d. 1589), the founder of the Raku family line ongoing to the 16th generation as the current, who encapsulated into a form of tea bowl the aesthetic concept of wabicha, wabi way of tea, established by Sen Rikyū (1522-1591), a tea master and his contemporary.
Monochrome black and red Raku tea bowls thus invented by Chōjirō and inherited by his successors have almost become a synonym of Raku ware. Nonetheless they were not always the exclusive repertoire of Raku generations, who have gradually developed a miscellaneous range of works extending from various tea utensils for the tea ceremony including fresh water jar, flower vase, dishes for Kaiseki meal to name a few, to curious vessels and implements, all being made using traditional Raku techniques. Some examples remained colourfully vivid, applying green, yellow and red glazes, attributing the quality to the tradition of Sancai wares of Ming Dynasty, China on which the technical roots of Raku ware were founded and out of which it developed into its unique form.
This exhibition showcases ‘function and beauty’ found in multiple forms of Raku ware, often a curious discovery beyond the usual tea bowl format executed within Raku’s ceramic tradition and capacity to serve for various uses in the tea ceremony.

Closed: Mondays (except National Holidays)
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Admission: Adults ¥1000
University Students ¥800
High School Students ¥400
under Juniour High School free
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