This remarkable chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Unokawa Kazumasa, a master craftsman of Tenmoku ware, one of the most difficult to make. This particular vessel is a more personal work by the potter, who likes to delve into less rigorous creative fields and recognizes being influenced by science fiction and Mayan art, to some extent. Still, these creative forces seem to lead back to the cosmos, the true realm of authentic tea ceremony vessels.
Unokawa Kazumasa was born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, where the Ashikaga clan, admirers of Tenmoku ware, resided. 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 signed, 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 cm x 8.5 cm (4.8 in x 3.4 in); weight 325 g (11.4 oz)
More pictures available on demand
Please make sure you read my Sales Policy Page and kindly inquire if you have any question.