A Bowl for All Seasons
Black Tea Bowl
H4 3/8 x W4 5/8 x D4 5/8 in,
H11 x W11.8 x D11.8 cm
This black tea bowl made by Hiroshi Goseki reflects a collaboration of techniques and interest in the form as it pertains to functionality of work. The faceting alongside the exterior of the form reveals a butterlike texture of the claybody and the unpredictable quality of the lip contrasts with the rest of the form. The piece, covered with a mat black surface, emphasizes the structure of the piece, not the material.
The glaze choice on the inside of the piece suggests a consideration of its function. The glossy glazed interior allows for easier cleaning of the tea bowl. The subtle additions of a cobalt oxide add unique anomalies to the surface of the piece, revealing itself like stars during the firing. The color is mesmerizing and unique on each side of the piece.
Strawberry Milk Bowl
H3 7/8 x W5 ⅛ x D4 ⅛ in,
H9.8 x W13 x D10.4 cm
Tomoyuki’s strawberry milk bowl is such a whimsical example of contemporary ceramics and exciting execution of form. The slight tilt of this bowl suggests that this piece was created with thick walls and the artist, using a knife tool, carved the walls to the shown form.
The attention to detail is important as one mistake in the cutting can result in losing the entire wall of the piece or making it too thin. The bubblegum pink of the colored stoneware is striking and shows through the foam - milk like glaze that is thickly applied to craze at the lip of the piece. The interior of the bowl is coated with a thin layer of the same semi-translucent white glaze.
Sekisoh Tea Bowl
H3 3/8 x W4 ½ x D4 ⅛ in,
H8.6 x W11.4 x D10.2 cm
This Yukiya Izumita tea bowl has a slight mossy green color, like a stone that has been recently upturned to reveal its coloration from the earth. The layers of the tea bowl, a signature of Izumita, move downwards and upwards simultaneously. Creating a soft movement in the piece that is also composed within the boundaries of the form, a very traditional and symmetrical shape.
Inspired by paper, izumita’s form perform in the way that paper does, bending and stacking, the thin layers of his walls illustrate the possibilities of material.
H3 ¼ x W4 ¾ x D4 ¾ in,
H8.2 x W12.2 x D12.2 cm
Kan Matsuzaki’s tea bowl is incredibly luxurious and indulgent looking. The thick layer of glaze that seems to pool and travel reminds us of foam on the surface of a cappuccino. The form itself is plain and simple, with a rounded body and uneven lip, the tea bowl has all the characteristics of an intimate object, an everyday object that is meant to be held and used.
The subtle copper glow of the clay body adds a warmth to these pieces, begging to be held and used, Kan Matsuzaki creates an inviting tea bowl.
A Bowl of Light
H3 ⅛ x W5 in,
H8 x W12.6 cm
Akio Niisato is known for using light as a decorative element. In A Bowl of Light, Niisato’s bowl is a simple, unassuming form yet with detailed surface treatment, the bowl becomes an exquisite example of how an understanding of material produces innovative objects.
By incising various holes into the surface of the piece, the artist makes an already delicate material even more fragile. The intricate details are then filled when the piece is glazed, sealing the vulnerable holes with a layer of glaze and creating filters for light to travel.
H7 ¼ x W5 ¼ in,
H18.5 x W13.2 cm
Ruri Takeuchi's visual language uses fine bone porcelain, a solid white background that emphasizes the illustrative qualities of the work. The composition of Takeuchi's pieces is what is the most striking. The work's contain extremely detailed China painting on the surface.
This piece in particular carries the decoration of bamboo leaves intertwined with celebratory flags and ribbon. In addition to the painted imagery, Ruri Takeuchi sculpts and adds a small gold handle to the lid of the form in the shape of a bamboo stalk. The illustration is extended inwards, the underside of the lid proudly displays a small, delicately painted wreath of bamboo leaves.
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