Giappone, 〒615-8164 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nishikyo Ward, 樫原鴫谷2
Located in the Katsura district of Kyoto, Katsuragama has its roots deep in tea ceremony, and has been producing top quality Raku ceramics since 1921. Each and every product reflects technical, and aesthetics of traditional Japanese values and beauty. Katsuragama is lead by a raku artist Higaki Ryota, who is a prominent Raku artist in Japan, as well as being a leading tea ceremony practitioner . He wishes to make Raku ware more accessible to those who appreciate the history and beauty of "Raku".
This Japanese beautiful Raku silver and golden glaze are in excellent vintage condition, with no cracks or chips.
The Potter or pottery history
Soraku Higaki Keiraku with Ito (1942- ); 伊東桂楽 still work on the Kiln 桂窯 桂窯造 Evidently, Keiraku is possibly the word for Kyoraku, or Kyoto Raku ware, as I am finding bits and pieces of history regarding this potter. The family name and history is well known for hundreds of years in the pottery business in Japan. A Japanese Raku-ware potter. He was born in Kyoto. In 1957, he entered Katsuragama pottery studio in Nishigyo, Still working on this history for this and another piece of his, I find a piece on Worthpoint with this statement: The tradition of Katuragama- gama which in this case means the family kiln- which continues from generation to generation is inherited. There are many items found on the web by him in other stores, which are worth taking a look. I did happen to run across and informative page by clay-girl with history and about how Raku is made.Now, there is some other history found about the development of Raku Ware in Kyoto around this same time, and I am wondering if there is a connection to this name,with a different meaning.
Raku-yaki chawan are certainly some of the most fascinating tea bowls, revered since they were first made in Kyoto, during the sixteenth century, by Chojiro ( ? - 1589) under the direction of the founding father of the Japanese tea ceremony: Sen-no-rikyu (1522-1591). The apparent simplicity of the vessel, free of decoration, dynamism and distinction, embodies the spirit of Zen Buddhism to which it is intimately linked. These 2 are a fine example of the timeless beauty of Raku ware, was made at the Katsura-gama (Katsura kiln), established in 1955 in Kyoto, by Higaki Soraku I and his son, the second Higaki Soraku. Both bowls are signed and in perfect condition.
"Raku" - Spirit of Kyoto
With its roots deep in Tea Ceremony, Katsuragama of Kyoto has been producing top quality handcrafted "Raku" ceramic for a century.