The Size of Tea Bowl:4 11/16” Dia x 2 1/2” High (120 mm x 63 mm). This is very lovely Japanese Karatsu Kohiki Chawan, Tea Bowl by well know artist in Karatsu, 4 th Touchi 1916-2012). Chawan was made with brown earthen ware of Karatsu body with grey glazing called Karatsu Kohiki. Chawan has unique shape of without foot rim area. The side is straightly down to the bottom of Chawan. It came with Tomobako. The side panel written in Japanese, “Karatsu Kohiki” “Yondai Touchi Zo” (4 th Touchi made). It came also with Tomonuno, matching cloth with Touchi seal. The condition of item is excellent as photos are shown. Kohiki is translated from Japanese Ko (powder) like white. The ceramic ware originally came from Korea, Lee Choson dynasty.
Nakano Touchi (1916-2012, Taisho 5 th to Heisei 2012).
First generation’s name was Matsushima Yagoro who lived in Ansei Period of Edo Era (1854-1859). Karatsu Yaki faced very hardship during transition of Edo to modern Meiji period. During Edo Era, Nakano Kiln was named as Hanyogama(Kiln for Karatsu clan) by 6th feudal Lord Ogasawara Chosei. Nakano kiln is only Karatsu family who sustained traditional Karatsu Yaki during those years and made foundation of today’s success. After first generation, 2 nd generation, Touchi (Nakano Geirin), 3rd and 4 th generation Touchi (Nakano Geirin) developed Karatsu Yaki. 4 th Touchi served first chairmen of board at Karatsu Yaki association. 4th Touchi graduated from Osaka Economic University, later he received the diplomat from Arita Ceramic Research Center. He studied under 3rd Touchi (Nakano Geirin). He has recreated the important cultural asset, “Takuseicho Yontetsu” in 1957 and other pieces. He helped the development of Karatsu Yaki in Japan. His two sons, Nakano Masamichi and Nakano Masayuki are making Karatsu Yaki with their father and ancestor’s techniques.