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ash blasted and bursting with inclusions, this chawan tea bowl by Otani Shiro comes with everything you could want from this representative Shigaraki potter. Over a terracotta clay burnt ash gray a smattering of pale flying ash provides the backdrop for molten drips of foggy green and yellow shizen yu glaze. The shape conforms beautifully to the palm, showing the master skill of this important artist.
Size, W 12.8 cm ( 5-1/4inches) H 9.9 cm ( 4 inches)
Shiro (born 1936), in Shigaraki, was a student of Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi and Kiyomizu Kyubei. He established his first kilns, a noborigama climbing kiln and Anagama in Shigaraki in 1973. He has since been displayed and prized at many National events, and has been guest lecturer at a number of universities in the United States, and was named an Intangible Cultural Asset of Shigaraki in 1990. His work is held in both the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Smithsonian among others.