Yōhen Haikaburi Tea Ceremony Bowl by Wada Tōzan
Haikaburi means literally "ash covered." It is a technique which involves placing pots in or around the ash pit of a kiln that has already been fired for several hours. As more wood is burned, ash builds up to the face of the pot and fuses with the clay body. With a failure rate of well over 60 percent, haikaburi is a very hit-and-miss technique, but pots that can survive the grueling conditions around the pit display an unrefined energy like no other type of ceramic.
This yōhen haikaburi tea ceremony bowl by Wada Tōzan is one of those proud survivors. It was fired at Ōizumi-gama - the Wada family's noborigama climbing kiln. At 1,250°C (2,300°F) degrees, it was placed around the ash pit and blasted with wave after wave of red pine and cedar embers, each one adding another layer of texture and color until the bowl became buried on its fired side. What arose from the ashes is a true one-of-a-kind piece, blessed with incidental details which could never be reproduced.
On the face of the bowl, a light ash slip is transformed into a lunar-like landscape of dark seas and intricately winding troughs, while the back, in contrast, is more tranquil. Heat change gradations and encrusted ash inside the tea pool serve as testament to the awesome temperatures inside the kiln.
The bowl is deftly formed from a grainy clay which is rough yet pleasing to the touch. It exudes a raw energy that naturally draws viewers in closer to ponder the dynamics of its creation.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
A fukusa display cloth is included.
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