Large Ko-Iga style chawan by veteran potter, Kojima Kenji. This broad bowl has a wonderful posture with a gentle, undulating lip and a face and part of the interior coated in a soft green ash with a rich pool of deep green ash formed from the bowl being fired at a slight angle. The interior mikomi and exterior kodai are both very well executed adding to a chawan that was well handled in both the throwing and firing of the piece. The bowl is in original condition* with its signed wood box and measures 14cm x 8cm and the box bottom appears to have an exhibition sticker (?).
Kojima Kenji (b.1953) apprenticed first in Bizen before returning to Iga where he has dedicated his life to the way of Ko-Iga. His works are fired to bring out the most of the clay and his forms where he has blended the old and the new while creating a unique vision and voice in the region. His works have been collected by public and private collections and he has exhibited widely and has been published in various catalogues, periodicals and books.
(*There are a few fine and superficial cracks caused as the temperature fluctuates up and down during the wood firing process. These in no way affect the stability or function of the chawan as attested by the fact that Kojima Kenji placed the bowl in a signed box. These are a common occurrence in pottery that is wood fired, for more information please refer to JAPANESE WOOD-FIRED CERAMICS by Kusakabe & Lancet).
I put up a short slideshow video of this piece on Youtube which you can find by doing a search for Kojima Kenji.