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Tenmoku Chawan by Unokawa Kazumasa

Tenmoku Chawan by Unokawa Kazumasa

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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Pottery: Bowls: Pre 2000: Item # 1155784
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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145,000 yen - EMS shipping included

Looking inside a Tenmoku chawan (tea bowl), made by Unokawa Kazumasa, is like glazing deep into the cosmos. There one can understand the meaning of microcosm and ask whether one is looking inward or outward; probably both. No wonder the Ashikaga Shoguns prized these bowls; rulers of the earth they could also feel they held pieces of heaven.

Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery. He never had a mentor and let “the clay, the kiln, the fire and nature be his teachers”. As a true artist, he allows the clay to express itself through him and engages it in a creative dialogue from which are born heavenly gems. Unokawa Kazumasa says: “There are various faces and personalities in pottery, which I see. They reveal themselves to me as I carefully come face-to-face with them.” Unokawa-sensei regularly holds exhibitions in Osaka and Nara, among other Japanese cities. And he was even made an honorary citizen of Santa Cruz, after an exposition there, in 1988.

The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a signed wooden box (please allow for a few weeks for the box to be made and signed).
Dimensions: 14.5 x 7 cm; weight 260g (5.8 x 2.8 in; 9.1 oz)

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