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Haiyu Chawan by Moritoki Taiyu

Haiyu Chawan by Moritoki Taiyu

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This attractive chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Moritoki Taiyu. It is part of a series of bowls which come directly from his warehouse. Moritoki Taiyu was born in Bizen in 1920. At the age of 30, he began studying pottery, starting with Bizen ware and moving on to Mino ware (oribe, seto, shino...). Moritoki Taiyu is also known for his calligraphic works, which shows honesty, fortitude and dynamism, traits also found in his pottery.

Haiyu literally means “ash glaze” in Japanese. It was originally made of wood ash with different woods accounting for nuances in results. Contemporary potters may mix it with other elements but traditionalists do not.

This particular chawan is classic in style, simple in design and its grey robe conveys humility. Yet, it is those unpretentious features that tea masters and their students sought more than four hundred years ago. This bowl is an ageless piece, which inspires self reflexion and does not flaunt its attributes. Though it is the hidden feature, again, the kodai (foot) is where the strength of the bowl resides. It is well balanced and offers a splendid contrast of tones, with the white spot on the glaze as the source of its energy.

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The chawan is signed and in perfect condition. We guarantee its authenticity.
Dimensions: 14 x 6 cm (5.6 x 2.4 in); 234 g (8.2 oz)

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