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Honjo Bowl by Ema Hiroshi


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Contemporary: Item # 740194
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This wonderful bowl was made with clay that has born the food and the vessel to contain it. It is found in the rice paddies of the village of Honjo, where Ema Hiroshi lives and work. 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 the village of Honjo (now called Tikuhoku-mura). Ema Hiroshi is keen on using 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 bowl is signed and in perfect condition. An optional signed box may be ordered for $15 (please allow about 2 weeks for box to be made). Dimensions: 12 cm x 6.5 cm (4.8 in x 2.6 in), Weight: 280 g (9.8 oz) More pictures available on demand.