A wonderful Oribe Chawan by Higashida Shigemasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Born in Hiroshima in 1955 Shigemasa received his BA at Shimonoseki Municipal University in 1978 and did a postgraduate course in ceramics at Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Technical High School. He set up his studio in Tokyo where he works predominantly in Shino and Oribe.
His works are characterized by the expression of forms that can only be created by clay and that differ from those of glass, metal, stone, or wood. He creates Shino wares with a sense of color tones that differs from existing Shino wares by making people think of pure white like deep snow, as implied by the name 'Hakusetu Shino'. For Oribe wares, he applies multiple Oribe glazes to a single work, and thereby strives to bring out rich color tone changes and the texture of the clay. His Oribe wares are highly evaluated both inside and outside Japan, their expression of forms utilizing the texture of the clay also receive acclaim in other countries, and his works have been purchased and placed in the collections of numerous art museums.
He was exhibited several times together with Jeff Shapiro at the Dai Ichi Arts, New York, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, Jeff Shapiro & Higashida Shigemasa Exhibition, Torino, Italy. Solo Exhibition at the UK, in Australia and Belgium. He is held in several important international collections including Lowe Art Museum(FL, US), Dennos Museum(MI, US), Ball States University Museum of Art, The Art Institute Chicago and has been exhibited widely domestically.
In his own words: 'I would like you to find much difference between clay and other materials such as glass, metal, stone, and wood and how I bring out and express the distinctive feature of clay. I always try to make my works released from preconceived concept. Size, weight, and other functions that my work has are created by such open-mided imagination. However, I also know it is important that I learn from our predecessor's works to elaborate my sensibility. Only if I acquire these elements can good works be made. As a potter I hope you can find your original way to use my pottery. After all, my works become the ultimate works as they are used. I sincerely wish you would enjoy my works and hopefully sympathize with the sensibility that I express.'
Size: 8,7 cm height x 12,7 - 13,3 cm in diameter.