Fine Japanese art and tea implements

Hagi Chawan from the Tenpozan Kiln (Hirose Tanga)


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1980: Item # 1329629

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Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Kyoto, Japan


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The creator of this lovely Hagi chawan, Hirose Tanga (b. 1939) is the master-potter of Tenpozan kiln in the city of Hagi. When I acquired this piece I thought it reminded me of bowls produced by Yoshida Shuen (apprenticed under NLT Miwa Kyusetsu). As it turns out, Yoshida worked alongside Hirose in establishing Tenpozan and in training young potters in the art of “oni” Hagi which utilizes a rough textured clay and a milky translucent glaze (like the bowl shown here). Bowls made using this technique display not only a rustic charm, but also a subtle sophistication that has been painstakingly refined by generations of potters for the past 400 years.

In fine condition, this piece is 5 inches in diameter (12.7 cm) and stands 3.5 inches tall (8.8 cm). It bears the kiln’s stamp on the base of the kodai and comes with its original signed and stamped box and protective drawstring pouch.