Seiji Tea Ceremony Bowl by Ikai Yūichi
Ikai Yūichi has trained under designated Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004), an artist renowned for his unhindered exploration into several ceramic disciplines, including iron and ash glazes like tenmoku and celadon. With such an inspirational pioneer to serve as his sensei, it was only natural that Ikai would venture into these areas himself some day.
Among the ash glazes in Ikai Yūichi's glazing repertory, celadon is one where he has firmly established his name. Called seiji in Japanese, the glaze is denoted by a network of fine cracks (kanyū) which forms beneath the glassy surface of the glaze while cooling in the kiln. In order for these details to develop sufficiently, precise forming and uniform glazing are essential - strict requirements rather hard to accept for an artist who avoids the mechanization of his craft. As a result, Ikai chooses the much more difficult path of dipping his celadon pots, and that has put him in territory that few Japanese potters dare to enter.
This elegant tea ceremony bowl is a testament to Ikai Yūichi's unique approach to the seiji technique. A mosaic of fine, overlapping kanyū layers floats upon a beautiful powdery blue sea, while inside the tea pool, glassy petals form abundant blossoms which add a multi-dimensional quality to the interior.
The body is faceted just slightly and formed a bit larger than most. Thus, it possesses some heft and a comforting fullness in the hands. Its high walls hold the heat of whipped matcha green tea longer, making the bowl suitable for winter tea ceremonies.
A treasure worthy of inclusion in any celadon 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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