RAKU PUNK
Performance, Demonstration !

VALERIE BLAIZE
JEAN FRANCOIS BOURLARD

Raku Punk is the bastard child of the Dalai Lama and Patti Smith Jean-François Bourlard

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Raku developed in the 16th century in Japan in connection with the Zen Buddhist religion and the so-called “Wabi-Cha” tea ceremony.

Previously the tea ceremony used extremely refined ceramics imported from China. Under the influence of tea masters such as Sen no Rikyiu (1522 – 1591), the Wabi-Cha promotes an ideal of simplicity and humility which is found in the utensils used for the tea ceremony and in particular the bowls made by hand, without lathe by local artisans. It is one of them, the potter Raku Chojiro, that Rikyu will entrust the manufacture of his bowls. Nowadays Kichizaemon, born in 1949 continues the tradition of the Raku dynasty.

By extension the term Raku designated the earthen bowls and utensils used for the Wabi-cha ceremony.

Later the westerners will appropriate the term Raku by associating it with a technical aspect, namely rapid cooking with oven and hot oven.

The “Raku Punk” was born from the desire to experiment, to get rid of the brakes on creation that can be the aesthetic concern, the sale, the transport, the durability of objects. The processes are transgressive: pieces soaked hot in enamel or slip, games with molten enamel, ladles of enamel launched in the oven. So much so that Jean-François and his ceramic friends joke about rock roll n roll pottery and then Raku Punk. The appellation, of uncontrolled origin, has since flourished.

Raku Punk: An oxymoron both Zen Buddhism and Punk seem distant. It is a mixture of radical and even brutal processes and precise and sometimes delicate gestures that require constant attention.

The resulting parts are rough, with long enamel ridges, raw and fragile.

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2020 September, Date to come

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2020 Very soon

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