When the founder of the Urasenke style of tea ceremony, Senso Soshitsu (1622 -1697) was invited to Kanazawa as the lord of the tea ceremony for the powerful Kaga lords in 1666, the first Chozaemon came with him and established Ohi-yaki ware in Kanazawa. Chozaemon had been the chief apprentice for the Raku family in Kyoto and took with him many of the principles and ideas associated with Raku-ware. Since those auspicious beginnings, Ohi-ware has held a high place in the world of tea ceremony despite this tradition of pottery almost dying out on several occasions.
The 9th Ohi Chozaimon (1901-1986) is the most widely recognized and most accomplished of the now 10 generations of Ohi potters. Born in Ishikawa Prefecture at the start of the 20th century, he took up the family craft and, at the age of 26, became the head potter. Raku tea bowls made by Ohi 9 are some of the finest you will encounter, comparing favorably to even tea bowls made by the main Raku lineage in Kyoto. The lightness of the clay, the soft silky textures of the glaze, and the mastery of form are all signatures of a lifetime of excellence backed by generations of experience. The Raku tea bowl shown here is a great example of these characteristics and is a rather unique type of Raku bowl known as a “shioge” (shio meaning “salt” and ge meaning “jar”). This type of tea bowl is appropriate for use in the coldest months of the years. The shape helps to keep the tea warm and also helps distribute the warmth from the tea more evenly in the hands.
In excellent condition, this piece is 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5 cm) and stands 3.5 inches tall (9 cm). It comes with its original wood box bearing Ohi IX’s signature, a decorative protective silk cloth, and the Ohi seal clearly visible on the base of the tea bowl. *** International shipping and insurance included in the price.