Iga Chairé Tea Caddy by Sawada Hiroyuki
For nearly 40 years, Sawada Hiroyuki has specialized in the production of ceramic ware made especially for tea ceremony. An avid practitioner himself, he finds particular inspiration in works from the 16th century - a time when tea ceremony, or chanoyu, was reaching the apex of its development. As a result, his own clay creations are deeply grounded in the long history of Japan's tea culture.
Iga ware (Iga-yaki) is one member within Sawada's ceramic making repertoire. First fired at kilns in Mie Prefecture (central Japan) in the late 7th century, Iga later became popular among the busho-chajin, or warrior tea men, who found its rustic tenor complimentary with the aesthetics of chanoyu.
Iga-yaki goes through a rigorous transformation inside the kiln. Fired at 1350°C (2460°F), pots become peppered when superheated grains of feldspar in the clay burst through their earthen bed. Heat change gradations and other incidental markings give Iga its individual character, ensuring that no two pieces are ever the same.
Although Iga is traditionally fired in large, wood-burning kilns, Sawada has developed a technique which takes advantage of his close proximity to Kurokawa charcoal. By packing a smaller kiln with the dense, obsidian-like wood, a thick cloud of embers swirls around inside the kiln, enveloping pots with a natural glaze of vitrified ash called bīdoro - from the Portuguese word for glass. As a result, his Iga pots are a fluid collage of amber falls, emerald pastures and scorched earth.
Sawada Hiroyuki proudly displays his rendition of Iga with this chairé tea caddy. The ideal addition to any tea ware collection.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. The silk brocade pouch is included. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
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