Meiji Bijutsu

Karatsu Chawan by Kyozan-gama

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1186798
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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This splendid chawan (tea bowl) was part of the collection of a Japanese master-calligrapher also known for his pottery. We will present you a very diverse selection of his chawan and tea utensils.

The bowl was made at a kiln named Kyozan-gama. It is a Karatsu ware, from the city of Karatsu, located in the northern part of the island of Kyushu, on the shores of the Sea of Japan. Karatsu has been a pottery production center for more than four hundred years and its ceramic made from an iron rich clay is characterized by simple designs, earthly colors and a natural feel. Karatsu pottery can be decorated (e-karatsu), but even so, the motifs are unpretentious, and that is one of the reasons it has been one of the favorite wares used during the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries; many ancient tea masters favored its simplicity and its wabi-sabi features.

Kyozan-gama was established in 1969, in the town of Karatsu by a recognized craftsman named Inoue Toya, born in 1942. Inoue Toya studied old Karatsu pottery during its student years at Nihon University. He has held several exhibitions in venues like the prestigious Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo Nihonbashi and also had an exhibition in Los Angeles in 2008. His son Inoue Koji, born in 1974, and he make potteries together at Kyozan-gama.

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The chawan is signed and in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a box that bears the Kyozan-gama seal.
Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.6 cm (5.1 x 3.4 in); 382 g (13.4 oz)

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