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Labeled as yu-Shino on the box or â€œeveningâ€ Shino, this recent composition by Ryouji Hayashi III displays wonderful textures and hues resembling the blazing sky at sunset. The front of the bowl is decorated with radiating fissuresâ€” boldly contrasting with the background while the kodai or foot of the bowl is unglazed showing the light-colored clay beneath.
Ryouji Hayashi (1940 - ) is the third generation potter of the Shozan kiln in Mino. This line of potters has devoted themselves to reviving and innovating on ancient Shino designs from the Momoyama period. They mainly produce pieces intended to be used for tea ceremony and their wares have a quality that transcends the ages.
This piece is 5 inches in diameter (12.7 cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.4 cm). It bears the artists signature on the bottom and comes with a signed and stamped tomobako, a yellow protective cloth, and an insert written in Japanese in the box detailing Hayashiâ€™s career as a potter.