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Large and impressive hikidashi-kuro, black Bizen chawan by Akiya masao. Measuring 14 x 11 cm, the chawan is in perfect condition with original signed box and is quite a wonderful handful. The surface is rich with wet ash on the exterior and interior and the surface is also decorated with diagonal slashes that add to the tactile quality.
Akiya Masao was born near Tokyo and after completing college at the Toyo Institute of Art embarked on a path to become a full time Bizen potter. Akiya served an apprenticeship under Ningen Kokuho, Isezaki Jun and went on to open his own studio and wood kiln.