Descended directly from the Raku household of potters in Kyoto, Ohi is known as some of the highest quality tea-ware in Japan. The 10th generation Chozaemon is especially appreciated for his masterful technique and high-quality pieces. This one has the added distinction of being endorsed by Hōunsai, the 15th head tea master of Urasenke and of having a expertly applied gold repair along the front of the vessel. Perfect for collectors and practitioners of tea alike.
Born the son of the 9th Chozaemon, Ohi 10 (b. 1927) took up the generational calling and, from a young age continued producing some of the most sought after ceremonial tea ware in Japan. In 1949 he graduated from Tokyo University for the Arts and returned to the family kiln. Working quite actively in the private and educational sectors, he has taught at a number of prestigious institutions and has worked to spread awareness of his craft by actively exhibiting both in Japan and abroad. In 1987 he was formally named head of the kiln and has only recently stepped down to make way for his son, the 11th generational Ohi potter in 2016.
In excellent condition, this piece is 4.8 inches in diameter (12.2 cm) and stands 3.75 inches tall (9.5 cm). It comes with its original wood box bearing Ohi X’s signature, a decorative protective silk cloth, and the Ohi seal clearly visible in the center of the foot of the tea bowl. As mentioned above, it has the rare distinction of being endorsed by Hōunsai, the head tea master of Urasenke and has an expertly applied gold repair to add character. *** International shipping and insurance included in the price.