Yuteki Tenmoku Saké Cup by Kamada Kōji
Ceramic artist Kamada Kōji has elevated tenmoku, a glaze originating in China, to an even higher level of refinement with his works filled with energy and radiant light. This saké cup is done in yuteki tenmoku. Peering inside it gives the impression that one is standing on a hilltop at midnight watching the star-filled sky. Technically, these are spots of iron oxide, sometimes called "oil spots", which form on the surface of the glaze while cooling in the kiln. A small amount of cobalt adds mysterious hints of blue. A gem for the saké connoisseur.
Kamada Kōji's tenmoku works are held in private collections around the world and, in 2005, were acquired by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for display in their Asian Art collection.
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