Raku and classical ceramics: two techniques compared

As we saw a few days ago, here one of the most important elements of Positano ceramics is the complete dedication to tradition during the work. And speaking of tradition, one cannot fail to refer to another centennial tradition that comes from afar and that is still taken today as a reference point in Lisa Cinque's production. Let's talk about raku, the ancient Japanese technique used since the 16th century after Christ in Japan for the production of clay bowls and cups designed for the tea ceremony.

The craquelè technique

Also in this case, as in the traditional ceramic production of Positano, natural elements such as earth, fire, air and water meet and forge bright and dazzling pieces and above all characterized by craquelè which are like small "Fractures" or rather cracking (craquelé comes from the French craqueler and means "cracking") on the object which therefore make it "imperfect" to the touch. And it is this desired imperfection that makes the objects in raku unique.

Difference between classical pottery and raku

The difference between the processing of classical and raku ceramics is being cooked: in the case of classical ceramics, the object is expected to cool slowly, following its course, inside the oven. In the case of Raku, on the other hand, the object is extracted from the oven still incandescent and it is this enormous temperature change that causes the surface of the object to crack creating a sort of cracking net, precisely craquelè, and then continue with the subsequent processing steps. The fascinating thing is that any change in timing during processing will lead to different results and therefore always unique and unrepeatable. Practically magic...