Like the iridescent moon itself, this teabowl seems to glow softly from beyond the twilight blue, a luminescence not reflected, but born from within. It is an exceptional work by Maeda Masahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Iro Chawan. (Colored Tea Bowl)
Size, D 11.8 cm (4-3/4 inches) H 9 cm (3-1/2 inches)
Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948) graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1975where he received instruction from Living National Treasure Fujimoto Yoshimichi and Tamura Koichi as well as Asano Akira. He has exhibited with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition), The National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togeiten), and taken part innumerable museum and travelling exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. His works have beencollected by the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco among many others.