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Cathrine Raben Davidsen is a Danish artist known for her ceramics, painting, drawings and textiles. Drawing inspiration from history, mythology and personal memory, her highly intimate pieces are marked by their strong narratives, vibrant use of colour and delicate craftsmanship. Her methods are defined by her deep interest in the material, and she varies her process each time - from firings to glazes, materials and techniques. With influences from Pre-Columbian terracotta works and ancient Japanese craft traditions, including special glazing techniques and raku firing, her ceramics offer a particular emphasis on simple formal expression and the beauty of the imperfect.
STORY OF RAKU The making of Raku ware was initiated during the Momoyama period (1573-1615) by a potter named Sasaki Chojiro. Chojiro came under the patronage of the tea master Sen-No-Rikyu (1522-1591), who asked him to create bowls that would match the aesthetics of wabicha, the highly ritualized Japanese green tea ceremony. From that collaboration, Raku ware came into existence.
Traditional Raku pottery is also known to have been used by the Zen Buddhist masters who liked its simple naturalness. Raku means ‘pleasure’ or ‘enjoyment.’ The Western version of raku was developed in the 20th century by studio potters. Typically wares are fired at a high temperature, and after removing pieces from the kiln, the wares are placed in an open-air container filled with combustible material.