Definition of raku in English:



  • mass noun, usually as modifier A kind of lead-glazed Japanese earthenware, used especially for the tea ceremony.

    ‘sculpted raku vessels’
    • ‘An artist who studied at Olympic College before dropping out a few credits shy of a degree, he makes his living making raku masks, illustrating children's books and playing poker.’
    • ‘Along Main Street and other downtown avenues, shops offer everything from locally made raku pottery to fudge.’
    • ‘The 30 artworks on sale include raku vases, installations, wall hangings and various sculptures.’
    • ‘Alison Sawyer's inspiring raku angels go fast at the Evergreen Gallery.’
    • ‘The simplified forms of her raku sculpture convey Lorna's intention that the figures, animals, angels or monuments they resemble are symbols of a much deeper subject.’


Japanese, literally ‘enjoyment’.