Black splashes over spattered white slip draw the eye into the window in the darkenss on the side of this exquisite chawan tea bowl by master fo that genre Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled understatedly Chawan. The title is the only thing simple about this complex combination of contemporary clay, glaze, tradition, form, function, past and future. A simply stunning work by the master of tea bowls.
Size, W 12.6 cm (5 inches) H 8.3 cm (3.5 inches)
Born in Tokoname, 1938, Koie Ryoji graduated the Tokoname industrial school and moved on to work at the City Ceramic Research Facility. In 1966 he established his own studio. Largely displayed and prized, he was most recently awarded the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award in 2009, the most prestigious of pottery prizes in Japan