Kokuyōsai Tea Ceremony Bowl by Suzuki Tomio
Raku (raku-yaki) is a low-fired ceramic ware first produced by Sasaki Chōjirō (d. 1592) in the 16th century in Kyoto. Under the encouragement and patronage of his close friend, tea master Sen no Rikyū, he crafted a style of bowl which was devoid of any decoration or sense of movement. They were made to embody Rikyū's wabi-cha philosophy - that is, tea ceremony in which great emphasis is placed on simplicity and quiet appreciation.
This austere piece by shino artist Suzuki Tomio pays homage to the Raku tradition and the unique aesthetic which evolved around it. It is done in his signature kokuyosai (shimmering black) glaze and formed entirely by hand, without the aid of a potter's wheel, in a meticulous process which negates any sense of mechanical precision.
In the absence of color or decorative elements, the bowl communicates with the viewer on a more abstract and subconscious level. A sense of monolithic strength is immediately perceptible in its squared body, yet restrained by the soft curvature of the rim. Grace and balance are conveyed at the base where the weight of the piece rests squarely upon the footring.
When filled with the verdant color of whipped matcha, the contrasting colors strike a harmonious balance, transforming the bowl into a contemplative piece reminiscent of a Zen garden.
Suzuki Tomio's shino pottery is held in private collections around the world and, in 2011, was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for display in their East Asian Art collection.
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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