A camellia, its red heart the symbol of youthful beauty, blossoms from the creamy aggregate covering this deep bowl by Ikeda Shogo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kohiki Tsubaki Chawan. A thinly applied white slip covers the body and patches of fawn colored spots dot the surface. Bursting with life from the bottom, a camellia spreads its leaves revealing a bright red jewel. Kohiki ware is based on Yi Dynasty Korean Punch'ng ware preferred by the warriors in the Momoyama and early Edo period.
Size, D 11.9 x 12.9 cm H 9.6 cm
Born in Kagoshima, the southern extreme of the Japanese main islands in 1976, Shogo would have been inundated with the traditions of Kyushu, a massive area with dozens of ancient kiln sites producing everything from porcelains of the highest decoration in Satsuma to the dark forms of Kuro Satsuma and Naeshirogawa and everything in between. After graduating the Nihon Design Gakuin University in 1996, he studied at the Kagoshima Prefectural Industrial Arts Center for two years, then the Arita Yogyou Daigaku, graduating in 1999. That same year he was accepted into the Kagoshima Prefetural Ceramics Exhibit, and the next year was awarded silver prize at the Modern Tea Ceramics Exhibition Gendai Chato Ten). In 2001 he was accepted into the Oribe no Kokoro Sakuto Ten, and was awarded there in 2002. While exhibiting with these large organizations, he has also consistently produced for private galleries, holding solo exhibitions throughout Japan.