Here is another fantastic chawan (tea bowl) by Unokawa Kazumasa. This spectacular vessel is gem from space, a kind of meteorite which contains the entire universe, true to the nature of the chalice of the Japanese tea ceremony as a microcosm; it is of today yet timeless.
These days, Unokawa Kazumasa makes his chawan (tea bowls) using only his hands; without a potter’s wheel. This approach allows him to produce vessels that are deeply spiritually rooted in his creativity, and which, as always have a strong cosmic connection. Here, again, the spectacle is as much outside as inside. The term “gensai” means “beautiful black”.
Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery. He never had a mentor and let “the clay, the kiln, the fire and nature be his teachers”. As a true artist, he 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 an honorary citizen of Santa Cruz, after an exposition there, in 1988.
The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a signed wooden box (please allow for a few weeks for the box to be made and signed). Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 cm (4.8 x 3.4 in); weight 325 g (11.4 oz)
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