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ONI SHINO "SPRING" CHAWAN BY TSUKIGATA NAHIKO
Large, Momoyama inspired, Shino chawan by the master potter and legendary personality; Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006). Though it is easy to spot some influences of his master, Arakawa Toyozo, this chawan is all Tsukigata Nahiko. The vivid iron slip shows, like a shadow, under the feldspar Shino glaze with rich areas of natural green glassy ash coating the surface and iron accents about the lip and showing through the surface. There are also frosty white areas on the face of the bowl where Tsukigata resisted the iron slip to create an evocative spring like pattern of flowers. The classic bowl form is completed with the potter's signature kodai and bold, impressionistic signature.

Tsukigata Nahiko is responsible for the now over used term Oni-Shino, having coined it in the early 1970ís. Having studied with Arakawa Toyozo, Tsukigata went on to master a wide variety of Mino styles but will forever be linked with the terms Oni-Shino and his equally as unique, Oni-Iga works. He was widely exhibited and published during his lifetime and a large book, entitled ONI-SHINO accompanied a national television special on his life and work in 1973. You can read more about Tsukigata Nahiko by clicking on my homepage links page and going to my blog, I, POTTER in which I have written about him on several occasions. Though a bit heretical in thinking, I think that Tsukigata will be remembered in the company of Arakawa Toyozo and Kato Tokuro one day for his innovations and additions to the art of Shino and the Mino tradition. Shino works by Tsukigata exude a strength unlike almost any other Shino pottery that I have ever handled.

This chawan is in excellent, original condition and comes complete with its original signed box and has a handmade silk shifuku bag, soft pillow bumpers for the box corner and a secondary storage box. This chawan measures 14.25 x 9.65cm and is a classic, even textbook example of a artist whose works are rare outside of Japan. This chawan is classical Tsukigata work, from the height of his mature period and a delight not only for the eyes, but in the hand as well.



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