This superb chawan (tea bowl) was made by Unokawa Kazumasa, a potter whose works have a strong connection with the cosmos, inside, where the viewer can feel pulled into the infinite, deep blue space, and outside, which seems to mirror the raw texture of extraterrestrial rocks. Unokawa Kazumasa is a master of the rigorous Tenmoku pottery, and has veered to work more freely on “gensai” (beautiful black) pieces, with which he can better express his poetry as a true artist.
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: 11 x 8 cm; weight 280g (4.4 x 3.2 in; 9.8 oz)
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