Tenmoku wares are some of the most magnificent and difficult potteries to make, and within that world of exquisite ceramics, the chawan (tea bowl) is the crown jewel. A great Tenmoku chawan, more than a piece of heaven, is the image of heaven itself. Looking inside a Tenmoku bowl, made by Unokawa Kazumasa, is like gazing deep into the cosmos. There and then the profound essence of the vessel can be known, as one wonders whether she is looking inward or outward; probably both.
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 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: 13 cm x 8 cm (5.2 in x 3.2 in); weight 270 g (9.5 oz)
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