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A large, Momoyama inspired, Shino chawan by the master potter and legendary personality; Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006). Though it is easy to spot some influences of his master, Arakawa Toyozo, this chawan is all Tsukigata Nahiko. The swell and rhythm of the throwing, the application of a rich red iron underglaze and his soft and seductive Shino creates a style that is easy to differentiate from most other Mino/Shino potters. The bowl's broad shape and high kodai is classic for this potter and the poured red iron moving up the tall chawan just accentuates its height and scale even more
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. 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 and has a handmade silk shifuku bag. This chawan measures 14.8 x 10.4cm and is a classic, even textbook example of a artist whose works are rare outside of Japan. All in all an exceptional Shino chawan by an exceptional potter.