This splendid yunomi (tea cup) was made by Ema Hiroshi, the only potter in Japan to make Someya-yaki (Someya ware), a tradition he has brought back to life through his passion and dedication. The rustic and authentic character of Someya ware has proven to be a wonderful medium of expression for this potter, whose wholeheartedness has born a pottery of warm and pure spirit.
Ema Hiroshi was born in Tokyo in 1953. He entered the world of ceramics in 1990 after having left behind his life as a white collar. In 1992, he graduated from the Bizen ceramic center and in 1994 founded his first kiln; a 12 m anagama, in the village of Honjo (now called Tikuhoku-mura). Ema Hiroshi is keen on using traditional techniques without giving in to the “simplicity” of modernism, and uses clays from Honjo and Someya, a village where an Edo period (1603-1867) pottery tradition had been lost at the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989). His pieces are fired for 7 to 12 days using pine wood in the 12 m anagama or a 6 m anagama. Ema-sensei has been exposing his work since 1998. He has been recognized as one of the 125 contemporary Japanese ceramists in the book by Kuroda Kusaomi, the owner of one of the best known galleries in Tokyo. Ema Hiroshi told me there is still a long way to mastery, but that he would devote his life to it so that one day “the shape of his ceramics embodies his soul”.
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The yunomi is signed and in perfect condition. The signed box is optional and may be ordered for an additional fee (please allow a few weeks before the box is made and signed). Dimension: 9 cm x 7.5 cm (3.6 in x 3 in), Weight: 185 g (6.5 oz)
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