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This exhibition quality lyrical Momoyama styled Shino chawan is by Mino veteran potter, Yamada Seiji. Glazed in a uroi (wet looking) Muji-Shino glaze over some rapid iron brushwork, this chawan is exceptionally well modeled and has a wide variety of color tones running from pure snow white to yellowish and coral highlights. Yamada is well known for this unique style of Shino glaze that almost resembles snakeskin and this is a great piece to showcase his skills and glazing and simply put, this is an exceptional chawan.
Yamada Seiji (b. 1932) is a member of the Mino Craftsman Association and has won a number of awards at exhibitions. His work is widely exhibited and published. There is a nearly identical chawan illustrated in the GENDAI CHAWAN JITEN. His work is rather rare outside of Japan.
“In a modern world, I am seeking for a work which creates tranquility and can suggest Wabi and Sabi. Mino has the wonderful Shino tradition handed down by our ancestors, I would like to continue progressing in daily life with the creedo; ‘Look at the old to learn the new’. “ A quote by Yamada Seiji about his work and attitude regarding making pottery.
This chawan is in perfect, unused condition and measures 13.5 x 9.5 cm and comes complete with its original signed box. This is an exhibition quality chawan and his chawan sell for 500,000 yen currently (go-ju-man yen).
A short video of this chawan can be seen here;