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Oil Spots shine a soft, mercuric silver on the black gloss ground of this expertly formed Tenmoku Chawan by contemporary artist Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Bowl is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi in 1947. Although always involved in pottery, he began his official apprenticeship in the plastic arts under his fathers tutelage after graduating Ryukoku University in 1971. One year later his first piece was accepted in National competition at the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogeiten). The following year he was awarded the first of many awards at the second Kinki Area Nnihon Kogei Kai Exhibition. In 1975 he was accepted into theNihon Togei Ten (National Ceramics Exhibition). He has a constant following in the world of Private exhibitions, and his work is held by Kyoto Prefecture. This bowl dates circa 1995.