Staring into the garden through a window in the lattice wall, bamboo, rising gracefully from the mossy floor, rustles slightly in the breeze. This scene is captured perfectly on this chawan by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gozu Zogan Kusabana Mon Wan. The Jomon rope impressions for which he is so well known create the sense of lattice-work.
Size, W 11.8 cm ( 4-1/2 inches) H 10.4 cm ( 4 inches)
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsuzo set out to create a style unique to himself, resulting in the piece you see here, which is quintessential Tatsuzo. In 1996 he was designated a Living National Treasure (Juyo Mukei Bunkazai or Ningenkokuho).