The light-grey glazed interior of this piece makes an inviting backdrop for a smooth cup of saké. The exterior by contrast is matte with a slightly coarse texture making it easy to hold in the hand. Overall it has a decidedly modern feel to it however the techniques used to produce this attractive guinomi go back many generations.
Born in Akita prefecture in 1950, Akira Miyazawa began studying pottery at the age of 24 under the guidance of Susukida Kouji, a master potter heavily influenced by the works of Hamada Shoji. In 1976 he set up his own kiln in Kita-Mashiko and began very actively displaying works in venues across Japan while at the same time entering pieces in prestigious potting competitions. The influence of Mashiko craft art is evident in Miyazawa’s works along with a clear appreciation for modern forms with clean lines.
The piece shown here is 2.9 inches in diameter (7.4 cm) and stands 2.2 inches tall (5.7 cm). I bears the artists seal on the base and comes with a signed and stamped tomobako. There is also an insert in the box written in Japanese detailing Miyazawa’s career as a potter.