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Bizen Tokkuri by Ema Hiroshi

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Contemporary: Item # 528089
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This tokkuri (sake bottle) is another great piece by Ema Hiroshi, a Japanese potter who works with two kinds of clay: Bizen and his home clay of Tikuhoku. He has also started experimenting with clay from the city of Ueda, not far from where he lives, and we should be looking forward to more wonderful works from this potter whose pieces show a perfect balance between rustic simplicity and sophistication. 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. Ema graduated from the Bizen ceramic center in 1992 and in 1994 founded his first kiln; a 12 m anagama, in the village of Honjo (now Tikuhoku-mura). He is keen on using the traditional techniques without giving in to the “simplicity” of modernism. His pieces are fired for 7 to 12 days using pine wood in the 12 m anagama or a 6 m anagama. Ema 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. The tokkuri is signed and comes with a signed box. Dimensions: 11 cm x 11 cm (4.4 in x 4.4 in), Weight: 260 g (9.1 oz) More pictures available on demand.