Kokuyōsai Kofuku Tea Bowl by Suzuki Tomio
Much of Suzuki Tomio's inspiration is drawn from both Western and Japanese classical literature, mythology and poetry - works which he says serve as his sensei, or teacher. And in this striking piece we see a reference to Dante's Inferno.
This kofuku tea bowl is glazed in Suzuki's signature kokuyōsai. The name means "shimmering black" in Japanese and, apart from shino, is the only other style in which the artist works. During firing, red and white drip details of feldspar and iron oxide run down a base glaze of manganese - a stunning effect which adds a real sense of depth and heated energy.
Kofuku tea bowls are made especially for outdoor tea parties. Their smaller size makes them easier to tote around, usually in a nodate basket containing all the necessary tea utensils. Considered to be more daily ware, kofuku bowls lack the strict formality associated with tea ceremony bowls for chanoyu.
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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