Bizen Chawan by Moritoki Taiyu
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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Pottery: Bowls: Pre 2000: Item # 1192437
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
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This splendid chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Moritoki Taiyu. It is part of a series of bowls which come directly from his warehouse. Moritoki Taiyu was born in Bizen in 1920. At the age of 30, he began studying pottery, starting with Bizen ware and moving on to Mino ware (oribe, seto, shino...). Moritoki Taiyu is also known for his calligraphic works, which shows honesty, fortitude and dynamism, traits also found in his pottery.
This particular bowl is a Bizen ware, from one of the six oldest remaining Japanese pottery traditions. Bizen is a small town in Okayama prefecture (ancient Bizen province). There, for more than one thousand years, potters have been producing a sober yet strong looking wood fired ceramic. This rustic pottery whose age gives it a noble air is still popular today in Japanese homes and restaurants alike.
The features of the bowl create a well balanced vessel; with the classic features of timeless Bizen ware and the softness of its shape. Chawan are considered microcosms, and this one indeed displays its elements inside and out: rough and smooth, bright and dark, curved and straight.
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