FAQ

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What is "Raku ware"?

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Raku ware (楽焼 raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery art, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. All products are made (shaped) manually by hands of well-seasoned artisans.
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Can Raku ware be washed in a dishwasher?

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No. Raku ware is a very delicate, special type of ceramic originally designed for consuming green tea, and they should "never" be put in a dish washer.
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Any special attention required to maintain Raku ware?

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Yes. Although for drinking tea, sake and for serving food, there is no problem but Raku ware is not suitable for containing fluids for a long period of time. For instance, if a Raku ware is used as a flower vase with water in it for lengthy period, water would eventually seep through.
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Why are there "marks" on some of the tea bowls?

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Some of our products are grilled kiln piece by piece, and those marks are from tongs used to take them our of the kiln. In Japan, Raku tea bowls with tong marks hold more value, for evidence of them being made carefully individually. Also, the Japanese believe it is the imperfections (calculated flaws) that make these bowls more artistic and valuable.
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Can Katsuragama products be purchased from outside Japan.

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You can purchase our products from just about anywhere in the world. (unless there's trade ban) This website was built exclusively for the purpose of promoting our work to everyone outside Japan, and we will be delighted to have customers overseas. Please note that all prices on this website includes shipping & handling costs.
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Does Katsuragama take custom orders?

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We have done many custom orders before and we certainly can. Please contact us via email ; katsuragama@gmail.com