Definition of raku
1 : Japanese hand-modeled pottery that is fired at a low temperature and rapidly cooled
2 : a process by which pottery is fired at a relatively low temperature and then moved while hot to a closed container with combustible materials (as paper or sawdust) that ignite and cause a reaction creating colors and patterns in the pottery's surface; also : pottery produced using this process
Origin of raku
Japanese, literally, pleasure; from the use of the character for this word on a seal given to the family of the potter who introduced the style
First Known Use: 1875
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