Recently received from Japan is a collection of new chawan by Masashi Suzuki. In the exhibition with paintings by Kohei Nakata, five bowls have been selected from his new body of work for their black textured surfaces. For the first time in nag and therefore Ireland, Masashi has presented four chawan in the raku style. Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery used in the tea ceremonies and is traditionally characterised by being hand shaped rather than thrown. Raku Pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500's as the Ceremonial Tea Ware of the Zen Buddhist Masters. The word Raku signifies enjoyment of freedom. It was preferred by the Masters because of its humility, unpretentiousness, simple naturalness, and deliberate avoidance of luxury. All aspects of the Zen philosophy.