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Kyusu teapot by Toshi Munakata

Kyusu teapot by Toshi Munakata

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This Kyusu teapot was created by a mid-career ceramic artist, Toshi Munakata. He made the back-handle Kyusu teapot which is considered to be a Chinese style.

Length: 141 mm / 5.6 inches
Width: 95 mm / 3.7 inches
Height: 85 mm / 3.3 inches
Capacity: 205 ml / 7.2 fl oz

Toshi (Toshinori) Munakata was born in Aizu (northern Japan) in 1985. Munakata is a ninth-generation potter as his ancestor started his kiln in 1719. After completing Tokyo Metropolitan College in 2005, he graduated from the Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto in 2007. He then served an apprenticeship under his grandfather (Munakata the 7th) and father (Munakata the 8th).

According to Munakata, he is inspired by the nature of his homeland and makes pottery using local clays and plant ash glazes. Also, he is impressed by plants and animals, as well as by their vital energy. He aims to create works of elegant lines and curves with delicate surfaces of gradation and gloss. He uses green glazes to express the fresh green leaves of spring after the long, severe winter of his homeland. Raised in a cold region, he hopes to give form to his longing for spring.

Munakata said that he learned a lot from the long-established techniques practiced at the Munakata kiln, such as throwing a wheel, glazing ceramics, refining clays and firing clays. Being able to easily access the accumulated knowledge and experiences of the Munakata kiln is his advantage. On the other hand, as a contemporary person, he creates original works distinct from those of the Munakata kiln. He aims to produce a new style of works, which have beautiful curved lines and delicate colors.

Munakata’s works were exhibited at Milan’s “MIA Exhibition” (2007), Fukushima Contemporary Art Biennale (2012, 2016), Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Solo Exhibition (2014), Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (2014), Urabandai Kogen Hotel’s “Munakata the 8th and 9th” (2015), Kandori’s Solo Exhibitions (2016, 2018), Japan Teapot Exhibition in Shanghai (2018), Dialogue Gallery’s Solo Exhibition in Hangzhou, China (2019), and Takashimaya Osaka’s Solo Exhibition (2019).

Munakata won the Silver Prize at the 2nd China Tea Ware Contest in 2018. His works were collected by Idemitsu Museum in Tokyo.