This magnificent chawan (tea bowl) is part of a new series of potteries made by Unokawa Kazumasa who is entering a new prolific phase of his career. He is now, more than ever, exploring new possibilities and following his inspiration. This fantastic vessel is one of his new creations. The term “gensai” means “beautiful black”. It is like a newfound cosmic object, freshly born from a star cloud. In it, it seems we can find the original creative bang of the universe. This work is yet another ode to pottery by the true artist.
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 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 9.5 cm (4.8 in x 3.8 in); weight 420 g (14.7 oz)
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