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Honjo Chawan by Ema Hiroshi


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Contemporary: Item # 684811
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037


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 50,000 yen - please inquire 
50,000 yen - please inquire

This master tea bowl is the work of Ema Hiroshi, a potter whose work speaks directly to the soul and is constantly evolving. The large chawan presents two sides, different in their strengths. One in movement and the other at peace, yet both aspects stand strong in their commitments; this masculine bowl is a true descendant of the vessels used by the tea ceremony practicing warriors of feudal Japan. It has a great sense of discipline and shows the righteousness and dedication of its maker. The bowl was made with clay from the rice paddies of the village of Honjo (now Tikuhoku-mura), located in Nagano prefecture, where Ema Hiroshi lives and works. 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. In 1992, he graduated from the Bizen ceramic center and in 1994 founded his first kiln; a 12 m anagama, in Honjo. Ema Hiroshi is keen on using the traditional techniques without giving in to the “simplicity” of modernism, and uses clays from Honjo and Someya, a village where an Edo period (1603-1867) pottery tradition had been lost at the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989). His pieces are fired for 7 to 12 days using pine wood in the 12 m anagama or a 6 m anagama. Ema-sensei 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 gallery in Tokyo. Ema Hiroshi told me there is still a long way to mastery, but that he would devote his life to it so that one day “the shape of his ceramics embodies his soul”. The chawan is signed and in perfect condition. It will come in a signed box. Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 11 cm (5.4 in x 4.4 in), Weight: 690 g (1.5 lbs) More pictures available on demand.