home decorating


Question by  crabfoot (253)

What exactly is raku decorating?

My mother-in-law wants to decorate her house in this style and wants my advice.


Answer by  Cecilia (2828)

It's possible one of you has misunderstood the word. Raku is a form of pottery. The clay is fired at a relatively low temperature, giving heavy carbon black and irridescent colors. The pieces are stricly decorative and the irridescence may fade over time as the copper oxidizes. Ask for pictures.


Answer by  Karen54 (971)

Raku is not a form of decorating, but rather is Japanese pottery that gets its distinctive look by the method of firing. The Raku pottery glaze coating will crack or "craze" when fired. Many people feel the pottery has a pleasant and calming effect in a room.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Raku is a type of method for making pottery. The process involves special firing in two phases that creates one-of-a-kind pieces. The pottery is named for a palace in Kyoto.


Answer by  GinaD (400)

My sculptor sister uses raku decorating for her pieces. Pottery is fired at a low temperature and then moved while hot to a container with combustible materials (as paper or sawdust) that catch fire and cause a reaction creating various colors and patterns in the pottery's surface. I can find no information on a decorating style by that name.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well its not exactly decorating. It has more to do with the type of pottery that has been used. Raku is a style of pottery that is used in the Japanese Cultures. Basically you can acquire the pots from any traditional Japanese store and then place them in your home.


Answer by  vietnamgirls (1177)

Raku is a form of Japenese pottery and is used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It usually is in the form of hand molded clay bowls, which are fired at low temperatures. Because they are hand molded they are one of a kind. Often they will have pine boughs and interlocking circles sketched on them.

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