Here is an exquisite guinomi (sake cup) made by Yamaguchi Takeshi, a potter with a vast knowledge, not only of his craft, but of history and culture, as well. As with his chawan (tea bowls), Yamaguchi Takeshi’s guinomi are an incarnation of its spirit as a master craftsman. They, too, are microcosms, simple in their round shapes but profound in design. These cups will gladly accompany their caretakers in their earthly pursuit to enjoy one of the most divine brews: sake.
Born in 1951, Yamaguchi Takeshi graduated from the prestigious Waseda University in 1975 with a degree in political science. Two years later, he was studying pottery in the Japanese Alps; so much for a career as a white collar. In 1978, Yamaguchi studied Takatori ware in Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu. Takatori-yaki originated near Mount Takatori in the early 17th century, when a Korean potter named Pal San started producing ceramics there under the patronage of the local lord.
In 1985, Yamaguchi became independent and founded his kiln, called Goh-gama, in the city of Tenryu, located between Tokyo and Nagoya. Since then, his work has been shown at different traditional craft exhibitions and galleries in Japan, including the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition; in 2010 he was awarded a prize at the Exhibition for the Central Japan Area. Yamaguchi, a great technician of his craft, does not hesitate to blend clays and produces various kinds of wares.
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The guinomi is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a signed box (please allow a few weeks before the box is made and signed by the artist).
The listed price includes shipping by EMS (with insurance and tracking). Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.5 cm (3.4 x 1.8 in); weight 95g (3.3 oz)
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