Ash glaze splatters seemingly haphazard across this superbly crafted tea bowl by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box,and a niju-bako box, titled on one side Iga, and on the other Chawan. The glaze has pummeled the side and run in just enough to create a small ice-like pool in the center, thick green running in a stream to connect it to the rim. About the base clings charred ash deposits, and one side is severely blasted, opposite raw shiseki-pocked clay.
Size,W 13.2 x 13.7 H,9.2 cm (5 x 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches)
Kishimoto Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections.