TheFreakyRaku

The Art of Imperfection

Venice, Italy · 43 Sales

TheFreakyRaku

The Art of Imperfection

Venice, Italy 43 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(13)

Announcement   The “freaky raku” is a project about the search for beauty that can be found in the uniqueness of anything that is not perfect. Every object has its own story, its own time and its own soul.
Come to visit our shop ---> www.thefreakyraku.com

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Last updated on Jun 25, 2017

The “freaky raku” is a project about the search for beauty that can be found in the uniqueness of anything that is not perfect. Every object has its own story, its own time and its own soul.
Come to visit our shop ---> www.thefreakyraku.com

Zaira and Francesco

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Zaira and Francesco

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(13)
Denise

Denise on Dec 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It is beautiful! I am very happy with this purchase.

Sabine Indra Kaldewey

Sabine Indra Kaldewey on Feb 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

high quality product, it's so beautiful and unique, thanks for lots of efforts and such a great work!

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About

The Freaky Raku Project

Perfection doesn’t exist. In our opinion there is a variety of beautiful imperfections which make things and people unique. But it’s also the passing of time that plays a fundamental role in this vision because it changes inevitably every single thing.
We not saying anything new, we know. The Japanese aesthetic concept of Wabi-Sabi is based on the temporal and on the imperfection of things.
Wabi-Sabi is a very special word and doesn’t have a direct translation. It implies a precise aesthetic value. It’s a philosophy that covers a large conceptual area and that teaches the detachment from the idea of perfection as a must, in order to rediscover a spontaneous and incomplete beauty by going beyond the mere appearance.

Nothing is perfect – Nothing stays forever – Nothing is incomplete: beauty is linked with the transience of things and to the effect of time.

Wabi-Sabi is an aesthetic concept that can be detected but that isn’t linked to any defined physical features. However, to our material culture, Wabi-Sabi objects are often seen as rustics because at first, we view them as asymetric, simple, with unrefined surfaces and they are irregular and faulty.
A perfect example of this kind of aesthetic are Raku ceramics.
We have built our kilns in our garden, near the bamboo thicket, and when the sun goes down we wait for the evening to arrive. That is the perfect moment to remove our bright red heat works from the kiln and to see the thick cloud of smoke covering the garden like a mantle of fog.

In the silence of the night, our expectations are always fullfilled by all those small setbacks that make each piece unique. Raku means finding great pleasure in those moments because they contain the core of this ritual. I strongly feel that beauty often lies in the freedom of being able to surprise myself with the unexpected.
The “freaky raku” is a project about the search for beauty that can be found in the uniqueness of anything that is not perfect.
Every object has its own story, its own time and its own soul.

Shop members

  • Zaira & Fox

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Raku is not simply making objects, it’s an ongoing experimental process that is strictly link to the primordial elements and to Nature. It’s an amazing ritual.

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Last updated on Jun 25, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Yes, you can place a personalized order but you have to consider that it is not possible to replicate exactly the same pieces we have already sold: each piece is unique.

Care instructions

Do not put it in the dishwasher, always wash it by hand using a soft and delicate sponge and a normal dishwashing liquid. You can completely immerse the pieces in warm water and vinegar for a better protection against bacteria.
Do not use brushes or abrasive paste.

May I use your Raku ceramics to eat and/or drink?

Yes, you may.
Unlike traditional Raku ceramics, we use only food-safe glazes without lead or other metals.
Nevertheless, we ask you to take particular care in cleaning your pieces, especially those ones with crackles and a porous glaze, which tend to absorb more liquids.
We use two kinds of clay: a refractory, very porous and rough one and another one with a smoother texture. The last one is the best one for cooking objects, because it is easier to clean.
The reduction process is carried out only through the combustion of natural elements. The porous or naked parts (which are not glazed and usually black) where the smoke didn’t stick are only on the outside of the objects, therefore they don’t come into contact with food or beverages.

My Raku pieces have slightly changed after prolonged use, is it normal?

Yes, it can happen, especially after prolonged use with colored food/beverages like tea, coffee, wine etc.
Some very porous or crackled glazes can absorb liquids and change aspect and/or color in time. That does not mean that they are ruined: their beauty and uniqueness is also linked to their impermanent aesthetics.

When do you update your shop?

We update our store as soon as we make new pieces. We usually announce it beforehand on Instagram, where you can follow us to preview what we are working on and to receive updates. Things usually sell very quickly – that is why our shop appears perpetually sold out.