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Black chawan (tea bowls) are some of the most fantastic Japanese potteries and this particular vessel is no exception. A hikidashi chawan is a bowl that is pulled out of the kiln in the middle of firing and usually doused in water while it is still red hot. That quite radical process gives the bowl that wonderful jet black color (kuro, in Japanese).
This particular vessel was made by a famous potter named Kato Shuntei (1927-1995). The master potter inherited the name of his father in 1961. Basing his work on rather traditional shapes and techniques, he became a prominent Seto ware potter, along with his younger brother Kato Shunto. He received several prices in important exhibitions, such as the Asahi Togei-ten (Asahi Ceramics Exhibition) and the Nihon Dento Kogei-ten (Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition). He also represented Aichi Prefecture at the Osaka World Fair in 1970.
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The chawan is signed by the potter and is in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box.
Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.5 cm (5 x 4.2 in)
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