The Celtic tree of life symbolizes harmony and balance. The concept of 'tree of life' is found in many cultures including that of Celts. The crosses of Celtic and Northumbrian origins incorporate tree symbols in their designs. The Celtic tree of life represents the concept of forces of nature that converge to create harmony.
The Celts attribute the tree of life symbol to qualities like wisdom, strength and longevity. Growth of the tree of life is associated with spiritual growth. It was also believed that trees possessed the power to bless people with prosperity.
The word “raku” means “happiness in the accident.” Other interpretations say it is derived from the Kanji character meaning “enjoyment” or “ease”. The the art is based on a particular process: the fast removal of the piece from the furnace and covering it with flammable materials like natural wood sawdust to inhibit the absorption of oxygen to the molten enamel, which produces the characteristic cracking effect from the thermal shock. The colors render with a more metallic appearance . The process of Raku firing differs from other firing methods because the pieces are removed from the kiln at their maximum temperature. Raku glaze is then applied by either spraying, brushing or sponging which also produces cracking and may result in a spider webbing effect. Due to the unique firing of these pieces, no two are alike.
Measures approximately 1 1/2".
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 13 March, 2017.