Heavily influenced by Koryo potting styles and techniques, the Tobei lineage has been crafting exceptional tea-ware implements for 13 generations. The piece shown here was made by the 12th generation (Tahara) and, due to its excellent character, was endorsed by the 15th tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea, Hōunsai. The natural ash glaze gradates from a glossy lavender towards the top to a light tan nearer the bottom. Along one side is the characteristic milky glaze so often seen in this type of pottery and the foot of the vessel is unglazed, displaying the ferrous-rich clay the water jug is fashioned from. Simple, modest, and elegant—this piece lends a calming presence to the tea experience.
Tahara Tobei (1925 - 1991), dedicated his life to studying Korean styles from the past while furthering the development of certain styles of Hagi-ware. Due to his skill, perseverance, and natural understanding of form and color, today his pieces are help by collectors and museums both domestically and abroad and his works are especially popular with practitioners of the Urasenke sect of tea.
In excellent condition this piece is 6.7 inches in diameter at its widest point (17 cm), and stands 6.9 inches tall (17.5 cm). It comes with its original wood box signed by the artist (tomobako), a protective silk cloth, and an insert in Japanese detailing the artist and kiln. As mentioned above, it also has the rare distinction of being endorsed by Hōunsai, the head tea master of Urasenke. *** International shipping and insurance included in the price.