Looking inside a Tenmoku chawan (tea bowl), made by Unokawa Kazumasa, is like glazing deep into the cosmos. There one can understand the meaning of microcosm and ask whether one is looking inward or outward; probably both. No wonder the Ashikaga Shoguns prized these bowls; rulers of the earth they could also feel they held pieces of heaven. Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, where the Ashikaga clan resided, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery, one of the most difficult to make. He never had a mentor and let “the clay, the kiln, the fire and nature be his teachers”.
As a true artist, Unokawa Kazumasa allows the clay to express itself through him and engages it in a creative dialogue from which are born heavenly gems. Unokawa Kazumasa says: “There are various faces and personalities in pottery, which I see. They reveal themselves to me as I carefully come face-to-face with them.” Unokawa-sensei regularly holds exhibitions in Osaka and Nara, among other Japanese cities. And he was even made honorary citizen of Santa Cruz, after an exposition there, in 1988.
The bowl is in perfect condition. It is signed and will be shipped in a signed box (please allow for a few weeks before the boxes are made and signed).
Dimensions: 14.5 cm x 7 cm (5.8 in x 2.8 in), Weight:270 g (9.45 oz)
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