It is the first time I present a pottery by a European Potter, but Andoche Praudel, born in 1950 in Southwestern France, is no stranger to Japanese ceramics, so the surprise might only be subtle. This wonderful guinomi (sake cup) was made in France, combining the century old techniques of Japanese Raku with a zest of French savoir faire; Andoche Praudel regularly visits Japan, where he has met Raku Kichizaemon XV, the heir to a 400 year old lineage of master potters. True to the essence of Raku ware, both potters seem to insufflate the spirit of temporality in their works, which show an obvious correlation between the self and nature; that harmonious relationship is what creates those beautiful pieces, strong yet ephemeral.
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 6.5 cm (3 in x 2.8 in), Weight 160 g (5.6 oz)
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