This is definitely the best work by modern avangarde artist Hiramatsu Ryoma and it demonstrates his creative imagination and challenges the traditional boundaries of what defines a tea bowl.
He surely needs no introduction. Ryoma is one of those once in 500 years' type of artists. He is a potter who goes beyond that usual appellation. He has developed his own way of expressing himself through ceramics.
For Hiramatsu a chawan should be a kokoro-utuswa, a 'place' in which to discover oneself, a vessel to hold your spirit. A chawan must have sublime grace and depth, being a visible (and invisible) expression of the potter's understanding of chado, the Way of Tea.
Hiramatsu Ryoma imbues all his chawan with such a feeling. Even the ones that at first appear uninviting, with spiraling pointed spurs or deeply pinched grooves, offer up untold delights when handled.
And that's the purpose of a chawan. On the surface, the chawan is a receptacle from which to drink tea. But if that were the only purpose, why not use a paper cup? The true chawan, like Hiramatsu's, hints at the connections between space, time and the divine. It brings art into our hands and touches us in profound ways. The very best arouse a silent wonder that permeates the skin-encapsulated ego we call 'I'.
Hiramatsu Ryoma describes this piece of art on the box as a so called 'Kiretsu-mon' (ki = turtle, retsu = cracked, mon = design/crest). According to Hiramatsu, his inspiration for this piece came from an ancient form of sea life known as an Ammonite (a large spiraled mollusk who’s shells are often found fossilized today).
Inside the bowl you can discover a dark silver glaze and the sides of the bowl have displays silver-gilt beads.
The Chawan is in mint condition and comes with its originally signed and sealed wooden box.
Size: 9,5 cm height x 13 cm in diameter.