This exceptional mizusashi is the work of a potter named Unokawa Kazumasa. A mizusashi is a fresh water jar for the Japanese tea ceremony. As the container of the principal ingredient used during that ceremony, it holds a princely status in the microcosmic space. With its rich mineral character, this particular mizusashi radiates rocklike strength as a guardian of the precious liquid and the point of commencement.
Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery, one of the most difficult to make. He never had a mentor and let “the clay, the kiln, the fire and nature be his teachers”. As a true artist, he allows the clay to express itself through him and engages it in a creative dialogue from which are born heavenly gems. Unokawa Kazumasa says: “There are various faces and personalities in pottery, which I see. They reveal themselves to me as I carefully come face-to-face with them.” Unokawa-sensei regularly holds exhibitions in Osaka and Nara, among other Japanese cities. And he was even made an honorary citizen of Santa Cruz, after an exposition there, in 1988.
The mizusashi is signed, in perfect condition and will be shipped in a signed wooden box (please allow for a few weeks for the box to be made and signed).
Dimensions: 14.5 cm x 15 cm (5.8 in x 6 in); weight 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
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