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Black Raku Chawan by Suzuki Goro

Black Raku Chawan by Suzuki Goro

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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Pottery: Bowls: Contemporary: Item # 1021452
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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Raku chawan are, for many, the quintessential tea bowls, the chalices of the Zen-rooted Japanese tea ceremony. They are considered the most profound objet a potter can make, as they are shaped and carved inside the hands of their maker, without the use of a wheel and are therefore a more intimate expression of their spirits. This particular piece was made in the expert hands of one of the most known contemporary Japanese potters: Suzuki Goro.

Suzuki Goro’s free spirit permeates the chawan and gives it an endless twist, a unique personality born in a desire to create anew. This bowl is probably one of the most serious pieces by the artist who always insufflates a childlike creativity into his work. Yet, within the dark, sober robe of the bowl and its noble poise, subtle shades and delicate curves appear , and the originality and fresh vision glow. The craftsman has again created a timeless vessel deeply anchored in his passion and knowledge of this craft.

Suzuki Goro is a potter who goes beyond that usual appellation. He has developed a unique way of expressing himself through ceramics, basing his work on traditional styles from the Mino tradition: Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto (yellow Seto), Setoguro (black Seto) and the Karatsu tradition. His works, which have a strong sense of individualism, include tea bowls with colorful painted cars and life size chairs, but he is also a master of more orthodox pieces. In 2002, Suzuki Goro received the very prestigious Japan Ceramic Society Prize.

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The chawan is signed and in perfect condition; there is a very minute dent on the lip of the bowl (see picture 8), which is not uncommon with low fired and highly fragile raku ware. It will be shipped in a signed box. Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 cm (4.4 x 9.8 in)

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