The 1st generation - Chõjirõ - The founder (? - 1589)

He is thought to have been a son of Ameya of Chinese origin. He founded Raku ware under the guidance of Sen no Rikyo who established chanoyu, the tea ceremony, exclusively making red and black tea bowls for the tea ceremony. Chõjirõ established a unique aesthetic interms of the form of tea bowls, which is highly original even among other innovative ceramics produced during the Momoyama period, an epoch making period in the history of Japanese ceramics. The form achieved inhis tea bowls is a manifestation of spiritualy, reflecting most directly the ideals of wabi advocated by Sen no Riyo as much as the philosophy of Zen, Buddhism and Taoism. Chõjirõ, through his negation of movement, decoration and variation of form, went beyond the boundaries of individualistic expression and elevated the tea bowl into a spiritual abstraction and an intensified presence.

The 1st generation - Tanaka Sõkei (? - age 60 in 1594)

He directed the Raku workshop together with Chõjirõ and the grandfather of Chõjirõ,s wife. Especially after the death of Chõjirõ, he came to be known as teh master potter. The examples of his work that have survived include a three.coloured glazed incense burner, a black Raku tea bowl, etc., all bearing a Raku family seal, by wich his works are distinguishable from those by Chõjirõ.
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