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E-karatsu Chawan by Inoue Toya

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1186802
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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 by a potter named Inoue Toya, born in 1942. 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), as it is the case here, 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.

Inoue Toya is a recognized craftsman who studied old Karatsu pottery during its student years at Nihon University and established his kiln, Kyozan-gama, in 1969, in the town of Karatsu. He has held several exhibitions since, in venues like the prestigious Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo Nihonbashi. He also had an exhibition in Los Angeles in 2008. His son Inoue Koji, born in 1974, is following his father's footsteps as a potter.

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The chawan is signed and in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a box signed by Inoue Toya.
Dimensions: 13.4 x 8.1 cm (5.4 x 3.2 in); 290 g (10,2 oz)

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