Suzuki Tomio is, in my opinion, one of the best Shino potters in Japan. In spite of the difficulty of making Shino ware, which has a very high loss rate, he has proven to be one of its masters. Born in Kyoto in 1948, Suzuki Tomio established his first kiln in the southern suburbs of Kyoto, in the Yawata district, in 1988 and since 1989 specializes only in Shino-yaki. He has held expositions at major venues in Japan and has been the recipient of several awards. He is also featured in books which recognize contemporary Japanese ceramists. Suzuki Tomio is always experimenting and one of his last creations is called Yohenkin Shino (gleam changing gold Shino), which has a spectacular soft caramel glaze and rich nacreous effects (please look for Yohenkin Shino pieces in this catalog). Shino chawan tend to be mastodonic pieces, and Shino nodate chawan, which are normally used for outdoor tea ceremonies, have in comparison a relatively more discreet character while at the same time offering the same complex personalities that form the base of deep and long relationships with their caretakers. Suzuki sensei’s pieces are fantastic partners and this one is no exception. This particular chawan is called nezumi shino (rat shino), because of its grey color.
The bowl is signed and in perfect condition. It comes with a signed box.
Dimensions: 10.5 cm x 8 cm (4.2 in x 3.2 in), Weight 325 g (11.4 oz)
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