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. Like much of Tahara pottery, the natural ash glaze displays glossy lavenders, light tans, and hues of ivory. Near the foot of the bowl you can see characteristic dark circles displaying ferrous-rich clay. 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 held 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 5.7 inches in diameter at its widest point (14.4 cm), and stands 3 inches tall (7.3 cm). It comes with its original wood box signed by the artist (tomobako) and a protective silk cloth. As mentioned above, it also has the rare distinction of being endorsed by Hōunsai, a former head tea master of Urasenke—the most prominent school of tea both in Japan and abroad.
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