This wonderful guinomi (sake cup) was made by Watanabe Aiko, one of the few contemporary Japanese women potters. Although her work is based on traditional shapes and techniques, her sensibility and mark can certainly be felt and recognized. The natural texture and patina of her potteries gives them an attractive antique feel and a noble character. On this particular cup, the traces left by the potter’s fingers (yubi-ato) create an ethereal keshiki (landscape).
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Watanabe Aiko, a recognized artist and one of the master potters of Iga, was born in 1971 in Osaka. She graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Art in 1992 and went on to study Shigaraki pottery. In 2001, she established a kiln in the city of Iga, a historical pottery center, not far from Kyoto. She now has three kilns there and exposes regularly in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. She has been featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Honoho Geijutsu (the leading Japanese publication on ceramics).
The guinomi is signed and in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box (please allow a few weeks before the box is made and signed). Dimensions: 7 x 5 cm (2.8 x 2 in); weight: 90g (3.2oz)
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