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Large abstract mentori, faceted Oribe chawan by contemporary pottery phenom; Ishii Takahiro. This very contemporary style chawan is glazed in Ishii’s vivid Oribe glaze that shimmers with iridescence and allows plenty of the tsuchi-aji to peak through as he glazed the pot. Some areas of the bare clay show hi-iro caused from the fuming shells the pot was fired on. Balanced on a well addressed circular kodai, this chawan is equally at home displayed or in the hand. The mentori form feels great to the hand while the interior of the bowl is smooth and ready to fulfill its primary function as a teabowl. The interior also has on display a large variety of effects of copper glazes presenting a wonderful small universe with the confines of the bowl.
Ishii was an apprentice to Kakurezaki Ryuichi, the Bizen master, for a number of years and his works are highly sought after and his shows sell out in minutes. His work covers a lot of ground from his black Kuro glaze to Oribe, Ash glazed and Gold glazed pieces.
This boxed chawan is in perfect, brand new and unused condition and measures a robust 6.25" X 4.75" X 3.5". Note the unique and idiosyncratic style of calligraphy on the box, it is Ishii’s own creation and makes approaching the box all that more enticing.