Wish Keeper: a Raku ceramic vessel that contains an inner chamber, into which written wishes are placed. He saw the original concept and form in a dream and then, created the vision he had seen, out of clay in 1992.
Raku is a 16th century process that was used in the Orient to make very special cups for the sacred tea ceremony. They chose to use that style of firing because each piece is unique and cannot be duplicated, with the crackles and patterns from the smoke and fire. After each Wish Keeper tm is fired, a special formula of glaze is applied and the piece is fired again to 2000 degrees. Then the artist, wearing a fireman's suit and a fresh air respirator, removes the bright orange glowing piece from the kiln. It is then lowered into a container of dry combustibles, that are gathered from the surrounding area. After catching fire, the container is covered and the magic begins, with the movement of the smoke and flames. Once the firing is complete, the vessel is removed, washed and scrubbed, like a newborn infant. Each is different and emerges with its own distinct characteristics. Part of the whole experience of Raku is the acceptance and appreciation of all the variations that arrive through the spontaneous process. The procedure takes a lot of endurance and finesse to perfect and the results of excellence are measurably rewarding.
The seal on the front of the Wish Keeper is an ancient symbol for good fortune. The artist carved it in wood to make a stamp, so that he could press it into the wet clay and seal each one for a lifetime of good wishes. Each piece is signed and comes with the Wish Keeper story, parchments for wishes and the artist's bio.
The use of the bamboo form, as a theme in these clay sculptures, symbolizes strength, through yielding force. It is represented on the base and the lid, which lifts, to reveal an inner chamber, suspended by a silk thread. Write your wish on the parchments provided, and place them inside.