The natural ash glaze gradates from a light-glossy grey on one side to a blueish grey on the other. The foot of the bowl is unglazed at the base and shows traces of ferrous-rich clay in the form of an orangish hue. The mouth of the piece is somewhat oblong giving it an attractive shape and the rough texture and ash deposits in places give this bowl a weighty presence.
The front of the box reads 萩焼 (Hagi-yaki), 灰冠 (hai-kaburi), 高台 (kou-dai), 茶碗 (chawan) indicating this bowl is done in the Hagi style, is finished in a natural matte ash glaze, and sits upon a tall pedestal.
(Korai) Tahara Tobei the 10th (1880 - 1939) had a deep appreciation for Hagi-yaki—especially those based on Korean forms and those using natural glazes. During his lifetime, he was able to display his works abroad in Germany and several other countries and helped to cultivate an international interest in the art of Hagi-ware. Though pieces by the later Tahara Tobei’s (11th, 12th, 13th) can still often be seen in tea-ware shops and antique markets, pieces by Korai are somewhat rare and difficult to come by in the present day.
This piece is 4.3 inches in diameter at its widest point (11 cm) and stands 4.1 inches tall (10.5 cm). The inside of the box lid bears the artist’s signature and seal and the tea bowl comes wrapped in its original yellow cloth which also bears the artist’s seal.