Raku Chawan by Saito Shizuka
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1199012
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This splendid chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Saito Shizuka, whose kiln, called Kotobuki-raku-gama, is located in Shizuoka prefecture.
Certainly one of the most simple looking chawan I have ever laid my eyes upon. Its dark brown robe seems to absorb all the light, yet the vessel's dynamic shape is evident and it really comes alive once held. A good model of the genre; perfect for training and for later years as the tones of the bowl will subtly change as it ages.
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The chawan is in perfect condition; it bears the potter's seal at the kodai (foot), under the glaze. It will be shipped in a signed box.
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