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A large, exhibition quality, bold and timeless Oni-Shino chawan by the master potter and legendary personality; Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006). This rare wood fired chawan has a wide variety of surface effects caused by the interplay of iron and Shino glazes and an intense fire with the face exhibiting a satiny iron face (tetsu-omote). The intentionally distorted shape fits the hand well and the lip, mikomi and kodai all act to balance out a truly inspired work by a potter of the highest level. The kodai is further accented by fused ash and intense iron glow shows which direction the bowl faced during the firing and adds a further dimension to the bowl. The highlight of this chawan is the interplay between the ice like crystal Shino and the vivid and fluid iron surface.
Tsukigata Nahiko is responsible for the now over used term Oni-Shino, having coined it in the early 1970’s. Having studied with Arakawa Toyozo, Tsukigata went on to master a wide variety of Mino styles but will forever be linked with the terms Oni-Shino and his equally as unique, Oni-Iga works. He was widely exhibited and published during his lifetime and a large book, entitled ONI-SHINO accompanied a national television special on his life and work in 1973. You can read more about Tsukigata Nahiko by clicking on my homepage links page and going to my blog, I, POTTER in which I have written about him on several occasions. Though a bit heretical in thinking, I think that Tsukigata will be remembered in the company of Arakawa Toyozo and Kato Tokuro one day for his innovations and additions to the art of Shino and the Mino tradition. Oni-Shino works by Tsukigata exude a strength unlike almost any other Shino pottery that I have ever handled.
This chawan is in excellent, original condition and comes complete with its original signed box, complete with a lacquered secondary storage box, being double boxed. The chawan has a silk shifuku bag and matching corner padded rolls and a pillow all in matching deep sage green silk. The stamped cloth is also present. This chawan measures 15.2 x 9.6cm and is a classic, even textbook example of a artist whose works are rare outside of Japan and an exhibition piece to make the chawan that much better.