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White Tenmoku Chawan by Unokawa Kazumasa

White Tenmoku Chawan by Unokawa Kazumasa

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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Pottery: Bowls: Contemporary: Item # 1193535
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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Here is yet another splendid chawan (tea bowl) by Unokawa Kazumasa. The finely crackled glaze of the bowl mirrors the elegant robe of classic celadon wares and gives it its noble character. The appellation “Tenmoku” originally refers to the shape of the bowl first made near Mount Tien-mu (Tenmoku, in Japanese) in China and brought to Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks who had studied there. The bowls were used as rice bowls by the Chinese, but were much prized by the Ashikaga Shoguns and gained their princely status in the 14th century.

Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, where the Ashikaga clan resided, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery, one of the most difficult to make. 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 wonderful ceramics. 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 bowl is in perfect condition. It is signed and will be shipped in a signed box (please allow a few weeks for the box to be made and signed).
Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 7 cm (5.4 in x 2.8 in), Weight: 245 g (8.6 oz)

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