This magnificent Oni Azami chawan is a perfect embodiment of the tradition of Japanese pottery by legendary master and modern avangarde artist Suzuki Goro, mint condition and enclosed in its original signed wood box and a hand painted cloth by the artist himself.
Oni means demon, in Japanese, and azami is the name of a famous flower in Japan (thistle in English) with an explosive charakter. Oni Azami.
Suzuki Goro surely needs no introduction. Suzuki is one of those once in 500 years' type of artists. Suzuki Goro is a potter who goes beyond that usual appellation. He has developed his own way of expressing himself through ceramics, basing his work on traditional styles from the Mino tradition: Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto, Setoguro and the Karatsu tradition.
For Suzuki Goro 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.
Suzuki 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 Suzuki'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'.
Suzuki Goro has a list of shows and prizes too lengthy to go through, but the highlights are, Nitten National Art Exhibition, Nihon Shin Kogei Ten (New National Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (National Modern Crafts Exhibition), Asahi Togei Ten-(First of Show and governors prize), as well as the Kofukai Ten among many others. He has a strong and devout following both domestic and international.
Size: 7,4 cm height x 13,6 cm in diameter.