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Powerful, dramatic, enigmatic, there is a nearly unending number of descriptions that would still all fall short in describing this large Enbu-Shino chawan by Yamada Kazu. Enbu literally means "dancing fire" and it is that dancing fire that pushed the clay and glaze of this chawan to the very limit where the glaze turned to molten glass and began to flow like lava down the sides and into the interior of this pot. But pushing the limit is nothing new for Yamada Kazu who has broke new ground in his pursuit of Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto, Seto-Guro and even Shigaraki pottery. For a more full bio of Yamada Kazu, there is a variety of sources about the internet.
This modern chawan is an exceptional example of Yamada's newest work and a stellar example of his newest glaze, Enbu-Shino. The powerful form is accentuated by the painted landscape of flowing glaze, undulating lip, evocative interior and classic Yamada kodai. In perfect condition, with signed box and stamped cloth, this teabowl measures 13.6 x 9.2cm. His shows featuring this new work sells out in no time and the current price for these chawan is 525,000 yen ($6800).