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As if cut from a solid block of clay, this bowl appears to be constructed of intersecting planes, though the chawan was first thrown, altered and cut, mentori style. This modern chawan is by master innovator and Bizen potter, Kakurezaki Ryuichi. Apprenticed to Isezaki Jun, he learned the traditional methods of Bizen pottery and firing and has added so much more to his style and vision of clay. This teabowl has a wet surface of ash about the whole piece creating a nearly uniform coat of a shiny rich brown and is also coated in areas of fly ash about the mouth, various high points and blanketing the entire interior well of the pot. Despite having been handled and fired, the cut lines appear crisp and sharp to define the geometry of the piece adding to the allure.
There has been much written about Kakurezaki Ryuichi as potter, pioneer and teacher, let it suffice to say that his work is in museums and prestigious galleries throughout Japan and the West and his pots are in a wide variety of books and publications around the world. Simply put, Kakurezaki is a pioneering force and a voice of the Heisei Period in Bizen and among modern Japanese pottery.
This chawan measures 5.5" at the widest and 3.15" tall, it is in pristine, original condition complete with signed box and cloth.