This fantastic chawan (tea bowl) was made by a relatively young potter named Shimizu Shiro. A Jovian like storm formed by the iron and copper rich glaze seem to keep the vessel in constant movement, though drops frozen in the plutonic fires of the kiln seem to play a Zen charade: running and not running at the same time. In the bowl, too, the emptiness is given depth by a single point of glimmer (probably a minuscule kiln accident repaired in lacquer and silver). And the raw simplicity of the kodai (foot) is reminiscent of the barest Buddhist gardens, where nothing leaves way to everything.
Shimizu Shiro, born in Kyoto in 1979, is the grandson of world renowned Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) who became Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) of Japan in 1985 for his masterful use of glazes and innovative designs. Shimizu Shiro, a true heir to that spirit, keeps the boldness alive by experimenting with glazes and letting his inspiration run free. The potter, a rising star of contemporary Japanese pottery, has exposed in venues in Japan and abroad.
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The chawan is new, in perfect condition and signed (the signature is partly covered by the glaze, at the foot). It will be shipped in a signed wooden box.
The listed price includes shipping by EMS (with insurance and tracking). Dimensions: 13.5 x 8.5 cm (5.4 x 3.4 in); weight 365g (12.8 oz)
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