This beautiful yunomi (tea cup) is the work of Suzuki Tomio who is, in my opinion, one of the best Shino potters in Japan. In spite of the difficulty of making Shino ware, which has a very high loss rate, he has proven to be one of its masters. Born in Kyoto in 1948, Suzuki Tomio established his first kiln in the southern suburbs of Kyoto, in the Yawata district, in 1988 and since 1989 specializes only in Shino-yaki. He has held expositions at major venues in Japan and has been the recipient of several awards. He is also featured in books which recognize contemporary Japanese ceramists. Suzuki Tomio is always experimenting and one of his last creations is called Yohenkin Shino, which has a spectacular soft caramel glaze and rich nacreous effects (please look for Yohenkin Shino pieces in this catalog). This particular piece is called Nezumi Shino (rat Shino), because of its grey color. A yunomi is a tea drinking vessel much less formal than the chawan used during the tea ceremony, and it can also be used for other beverages. Yet the workmanship of Suzuki Tomio brings the tea cup to a higher realm of sensory experiences.
The yunomi is signed and in perfect condition. It comes with a signed box.
Dimensions: 9 cm x 8.5 cm (3.6 in x 3.4 in), Weight 265 g (9.3 oz)
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