This elegant and mature work of Karatsu pottery has an unglazed foot and beautiful crackled glazing that displays hues ranging from ivory to almond.
Toya Inoue (1942 - ) is a native of the world-renowned pottery center of Karatsu in Saga prefecture. From a young age he was interested in tea and tea-ware and studied tea ceremony under Tansai. Later in his 20’s he was involved in a project to restore ancient kilns. From this experience he decided to make pottery his life’s work and began construction on a kiln at the base of Kyozan mountain which officially opened in 1969. Inoue has served a board member of the Karatsu Ceramic Art Association and has held a number of exhibitions displaying his works of e-Karatsu, , Madara Karatsu, and Chōsen Karatsu. In 1971 his works were officially recognized by Hounsai of Urasenke (the 15th Iemoto) and since have been highly appreciated by many a practitioners of tea.
This piece is 5.2 inches in diameter (13.3 cm) and stands 3.2 inches tall (8.1 cm). It bears the artist’s signature on the base near the outside edge of the kodai, comes with its own signed and stamped box, and also includes a protective cloth and an insert detailing the artist and the Kyozan kiln.