Aka Shino Saké Flask by Suzuki Tomio
Greatly esteemed by tea ceremony practitioners for centuries, shino-yaki was first fired during the Momoyama era (1568-1603) at kilns in Minō - central Japan. Glazed with a simple mixture of mostly feldspar and water, shino is renowned for its textured surface of pinholes and crackles. As a coloring agent, potters add a rare iron-rich sediment, called onita, which is found in certain riverbeds throughout the region.
This inspired saké flask by Suzuki Tomio is done in aka (red) shino and accented with dripped applications of white feldspar. While cooling in the kiln, the glaze shrinks disproportionately around the claybody, forming a textured terrain of pinholes and crackles.
Skillfully crafted and fitting fully in the hand, this stout flask promises to become a saké aficionado's most cherished vessel.
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.
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