A perfectly balanced bowl of elegant simplicity, the ultimate expression of lack of self by Kaneshige Yuho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Inbe Chawan. Like his father Sozan, the tea bowl is Yuho Kaneshige’s passion. While the outer shape of the vessel is important, the inner space is even more so. When he throws on a wheel, he focuses on how to strike a balance between outer and inner movements. "Like a living creature, pottery has an outside body and an inner spirit. If I pay too much attention to the outer shape, no spirit will exist inside. Body and spirit, these two are complementary." Kaneshige suggests the way to achieve such a balance is not to overload his work with his own individuality, but to let clay show its own personality. By leaving out unnecessary techniques and grasping the essential, he brings out the essence of his work. As a result of his philosophy, Yuho Kaneshige’s tea bowls are devoid of pretentiousness and each bowl exudes a distinct aura of quiet confidence and noble beauty. “Once the pottery is in the kiln, away from human hands, the flames are what decide the final outcome.” In Bizen ware, formed solely from clay and fire, the artisan’s spirit is eloquently expressed without words.
Size, D 12.2 cm H 9.2 cm
Born in Inbe, Bizen in 1950, Yuho studied sculpture at Musashino Art University before moving back to study the family tradition under his father, Kaneshige Sozan. He held his first solo exhibition at Takashimaya department store in Okayama in 1980. He was awarded the prestigious JCS (Japan Ceramic Society) award in 2003, one of the most important prizes. He has also been awarded at the Tanabe Modern Forms in Tea exhibition among others. His work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sidney as well as the important Manyo’an collection among others.