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Japonesque by Way of France: B-Raku Ceramics in Brittany

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Japonesque by Way of France: B-Raku Ceramics in Brittany

February 6, 2019

Not long ago we posted on Otonali, a Breton-style creperie in Brittany, designed by Guillaume Terver of Paris-based studio Le LAD.

Today we’re taking a look at the adjoining B-Raku ceramics studio. The Japanese term raku describes a technique for the production of ceramic objects at low temperature, from 800 to 950° C. Each piece is baked a first time, then is coated with a second coat of enamel before being subjected to a second baking. During the second firing, the applied coating melts to create very special colors and effects. The technique has its origins in 16th century Japan and owes its name, according to legend, to one of the most authoritative families of master potters (Rikyu) and literally means “Living nature with joy and harmony,” according to Terver.

Join us for a tour:

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Above: The space consists of clay walls, parquet floors, solid oak and sapwood shelves and a large granite sink that becomes a real sculpture.
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Above: The sliding doors of the custom-made furniture are made with traditional Japanese washi paper, handmade and inserted in a wooden frame.
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Above:A hand-hewn copper tap anchors a sculptural granite sink.
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Above: The interior of the studio, with ceramics displayed on shelves.
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Above: Classics from the kiln.
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Above: The wares are ever evolving.
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Above: In the adjacent cafe, called Otonali (which means “next door” in Japanese).
Japonesque by Way of France BRaku Ceramics in Brittany In the cafe, wine storage doubles as an art installation, designed and fabricated by Brittany based ceramist Philippe Josse.
Above: In the cafe, wine storage doubles as an art installation, designed and fabricated by Brittany-based ceramist Philippe Josse.

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