en-SASAKI SHOURAKU KYOSHITSU
Kiraigama - Raku-yaki
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Continuing to hand down raku-yaki embodying the spirit of wabisabi (the aesthetic sense in Japanese art emphasizing quiet simplicity and subdued refinement)
Sasaki Kyoshitsu has inherited the techniques and the spirit imbued in raku tea bowls that have been created since the time of Sen Rikyu at this kiln that has continued for some 110 years. Unlike other pottery, which has developed into a production industry, raku-yaki employs techniques developed expressly for the purpose of "expressing the ways of the Sen no Rikyu tea ceremony". Raku tea bowls embody Rikyu's Zen spirit; passing on raku-yaki to future generations is not just about continuing on the techniques involved in its creation, but about handing down the spirit of wabisabi. Great importance has been placed on the handing down of this spirit together with raku-yaki techniques, and raku-yaki is disseminated both domestically and abroad.
Sasaki Kyoshitsu- kiln master, Kiraigama kilnBorn in Kameoka, Kyoto in 1964. In 1986, he began his study under the tutelage of his father, Sasaki Kyoshitsu. In 1996, he inherited the Kiraigama kiln from his predecessor, and is currently the kiln master. In 2011, he succeeded to the name Kyoshitsu.