This beautiful chawan (tea bowl) is a Raku ware. Raku potteries were first made in Kyoto during the 16th century by a potter named Chojiro ( - 1592), with the guidance of tea master Sen-no-rikyu (1522 - 1591). To these days, black raku tea bowls are the most revered vessels by Japanese tea ceremony practitioners. As Sen-no-rikyu was an adept of Zen philosophy, traditional raku bowls reflect that spirit in that they are ideally impersonal and ephemeral in design. ...click for details
This splendid chawan is part of a wonderful collection of tea bowls acquired over many years by a private Japanese collector.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) is without doubt the best known Japanese potter. His influence on the world of ceramics, not only in Japan but throughout the world makes him a true icon of contemporary pottery. During his lifetime, he received many awards, the most prestigious of them being the ti ...click for details