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Black Raku-yaki Chawan by Sasaki Shoraku III

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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This beautiful chawan (tea bowl) is the work of one of Kyoto’s best known raku-yaki potters, Sasaki Shoraku III, born in 1944. The round shape of the bowl and the way the satiny glaze envelops it form an abstract keshiki (landscape) and draw a path, which seems to echo the one we all create for ourselves; the chawan is a companion for reflection. The Shoraku kiln has been producing raku wares for three generations, and its bowls are widely used by practitioners of the tea ceremony across Japan. The founder of the Shoraku lineage established a kiln near the famous Kiyomizu temple in Eastern Kyoto. The kiln was moved to Kame-oka, near the Yada shrine in Kyoto, in 1945, as it is common to seek the patronage of a religious place in the raku tradition. It is then that the head priest of the Yada shrine gave Shoraku his name. The current Shoraku inherited that name from his father in 1962. The chawan bears the seal of the Shoraku kiln. It is in perfect condition and comes in a signed box. Dimensions: 11.5 cm x 8.5 cm (4.6 in x 3.4 in), Weight: 335g (11.7 oz) More pictures available on demand.