Tetsu-e Katakuchi Chawan by Fujii Kenji
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Contemporary: Item # 1207845
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This interesting chawan was made by a potter named Fujii Kenji, born in 1968.
After having studied in Kyoto, Fujii Kenji worked at his father's kiln and then established his own kiln called Toho-gama (Toho kiln).
Katakuchi (single mouth) vessels are made to be used as decanters for japanese sake. In this case, the potter has chosen to shape the tea bowl in that manner, although the hole is there for decorative purposes only. Tetsu-e (iron picture) refers to the underglaze markings made with iron oxide. The soft glaze with pinkish spots combined with stronger markings and the protrusion create a well balanced vessel.
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