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This large Haku-Enyu, crackled white salt fired chawan is by the master Kyoto potter; Iwabuchi Shigeya (1925-1993). This evocative and textured white chawan has very subtle undertones of a pink blush around the mouth and is covered with a series of crazed and crackled salt glaze deposited on the white slipped surface of the bowl showing the occassional gohonde fawn spots. The generous bowl shape is reminiscent of older Hagi and even Korean chawan and is terminated with an exceptional bamboo node formed foot. The bowl is further decorated with three dark spots around the foot created when the bowl was dipped in the white slip, the fingers acted as a resist and the clay darkened when the salt adhered to the chawan. This chawan is in great condition with its original signed box and measures 15.25 x 9cm. The chawan is clearly marked and I would be remiss if I did not mention that the bowl feels very nice in the hand and does not appear to have ever been used.
Iwabuchi Shigaya was a versatile and masterful potter from Kyoto who embraced salt firing early on and was one of few potters firing in this method during the 60s and 70s. He was highly regarded, having studied with two Ningen Kokuho; Tomimoto Kenkichi and Kondo Yuzo. Iwabuchi also taught two potters who are very well known in the West; Kako Katsumi and Richard Milgrim. Iwabuchi exhibited widely and his works are extensively published.