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Black Seto Chawan by Suzuki Goro


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 480053
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Suzuki Goro is a potter that goes beyond that usual appellation. He has developed a unique way of expressing himself through ceramics, basing his work on traditional styles from the Mino tradition: Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto (yellow Seto), Setoguro (black Seto) and the Karatsu tradition. His works, which have a strong sense of individualism, include tea bowls with colorful painted cars and life size chairs, but he appeared in the November 2005 issue of the Japanese ceramic magazine Tojiro, alongside more subdued black Seto and black Raku chawan. In 2002, Suzuki Goro received the very prestigious Japan Ceramic Society Prize. This remarkable tea bowl, a Setoguro chawan, struck me by its warm magnetism. When I held it for the first time I had the feeling of holding living matter, and the organic texture of the chawan made me wander about what divine powers its creator might have. The very expressive kodai (foot) is a work of art in itself; it is very extraverted when kodai, in general, are more contemplative. This is the work of a magician and an exceptional artist. The bowl, made in the early 1990’s, is signed, in perfect condition and comes with a signed box. Dimensions: 13 cm x 8 cm (5.2 in x 3.2 in), Weight 490 g (17.2 oz) More pictures available on demand.