A breathtaking icy-blue ceramic powdered tea container by Ajiki Hiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ruri Shioyu Chaki (Ruri Salt Glaze Tea Impement). Facets are torn from the natural form, more like some rare stone than a typical Tea Caddy. The slat glaze crawls on the surface as if it is alive, and it is alive with brilliant colors.
Size, W 5.8 x 6.9 (2-1/4 x 2-3/4 inches) H 8.5 cm (3-1/2 inches)
Ajiki Hiro has been focusing in functional ceramic artworks for Tea Ceremony,in fact, only makes chawan these days, checkered salt-firing, and a number of other styles that are always sublime and perfect vessels for matcha. His works are both spontaneous and highly refined. He has been displayed nationally at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition) and received grand prize at the Tanabe Museum's Contemporary Tea Forms exhibition, Prize at the 4th Tanko Biennial for Tea Ceramics in 1996. His work has been collected by major institutions worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art among many others.He lives and pots in Shimane when not out traveling Japan or the world.