Fine Japanese art and tea implements

A Named Sakurajima-yaki Chawan From the Ougaku Studio


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1980: Item # 1307972

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Located at the foot of an active volcano, the Ougaku kiln specializes in a type of pottery know as Sakurajima-yaki. The kiln is headed by Hashino Midori and run entirely by female potters who strive to infuse each piece they produce with the “energy” of the surrounding environment. Pieces such as the one featured here are made from volcanic ash and mineral-rich onsen spring water giving them a unique luster that is difficult to reproduce. In addition, each pieces is made by hand, one-at-a-time and no two pieces are ever identical.

The piece featured here is 4.6 inches in diameter (11.7 cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.5 cm). It bears the kiln’s seal on the base of the bowl and comes wrapped in a yellow cloth. It also has its own tomobako with signature and seal and on the inside of the lid is the endorsement of a priest of a local temple in which they grant the bowl the poetic name (火 - 光 - 三昧) ka-kou-zanmai (Meaning “consumed by the fire and the light.” This is also the name of a deity closely associated with Ananda―one of the ten principal disciples of Gautama Buddha).