Raku: fast-fire pottery
1 February 2017
Raku ceramics by Devon-based internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Chivers are now on display and for sale at the Shop at RAMM.
Bruce Chivers is known for his work in Raku, incorporating the spontaneity of the fire with gestural mark making. His work is part of the range of gifts complementing the current exhibition Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the Tōkaidō Road.
Raku is one of the six ancient kilns of Japan and loosely translated means comfortable or enjoyment. It has been abstracted in the West and is now synonymous with a fast firing technique or more accurately a philosophical approach to doing the work.
“My work is about simple forms imbued with a sense of spontaneity. ’Raku’ as a philosophical approach allows me the opportunity to embrace the element of surprise. Seeing and knowing then becomes as important as the making.”
Bruce’s work in this field is accredited in many books and periodicals – in particular Raku: a Contemporary View of Work, 5 Devon Potters and Yunomi. He is a full member of The Craftsman Potters Association of Great Britain and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. His work is represented in galleries in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and the UK.
The display and exhibition end on 16 April. RAMM is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm and only closed Mondays and bank holidays.
The Shop at RAMM
The Shop at RAMM offers hand-picked gifts and unique craft items alongside books and affordable souvenirs for children. Inspired by RAMM’s displays, the offer changes with the exhibitions and currently features gifts and souvenirs inspired by Hiroshige’s Japan and Queen Victoria in Paris. Bruce Chivers’ work is part of a changing display dedicated to leading artist makers.
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