This beautiful chawan is a karatsu-yaki (karatsu ware). Karatsu-yaki has been made since the beginning of the 16th century on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. As it is the case with many Japanese ceramic traditions, it is Korean potters brought to Japan to serve feudal Lords, who started the tradition, bringing their techniques and knowledge from the continent. They founded kilns around the city of Karatsu, near Nagasaki and their work was very popular among tea ceremony masters who found karatsu chawan to be very appealing in the simplicity of their design.
Indeed this particular bowl is simple in form and color; a true karatsu jewel in the classical sense. It was made by a potter named Hashimura Takashi, born in 1948 in Saga prefecture, where Karatsu is located. He was a policeman for 11 years before before being introduced to ceramics by a friend. After only 3 weeks of studying under Ide Kinho, he decided to learn by himself and four years later founded his own noborigama kiln made with the bricks of an ancient karatsu kiln, near the Ryu-fukuji temple in Karatsu. Hashimura stresses that he only uses natural ingredients, and fires his kiln using pine wood from the old Niji pine forest, because pine wood gives out a constant heat and high flames.
The bowl is in perfect condition. It comes with its signed box.
Dimensions: 14.5 cm x 9 cm (5.8 in x 3.6 in), Weight 430 g (15 oz)
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