White slip lopes and wavers and splashes over this slightly trumpeting chawan by master of that genre Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hikidashi no Chawan. Innovative as always, the application of glaze has been performed in several layers and styles, giving the bowl a unique appearance which sets it apart from others. Not outlandish like many of his works, it is highly suitable to the quiet reservation and aesthetic of the tea room, yet retains his distinctive flavor, much like the maccha tea it is meant to hold.
Size, D 12.8 cm (5.1/4inches) H cm 8.5(3.1/4inches)
Born in Tokoname, 1938, Koie Ryoji graduated the Tokoname industrial school and moved on to work at the City Ceramic Research Facility. In 1966 he established his own studio. Largely displayed and prized, he was most recently awarded the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award in 2009, the most prestigious of pottery prizes in Japan.