Miscellaneous Pottery – ITO Keiraku: Black raku chawan in a signed wooden box.

Height: 7.9 cm (3.1 inches)      Diameter: 12.4 cm (4.9 inches)

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Ito Keiraku, the maker of this raku teabowl, was born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1942 and is still working. This bowl appears to be around 30 to 40 years old based on the colour of the good quality wooden box. The description of the work and the potter’s seal are to be found on the base of the box and inside the lid there is an appraisal of the chawan. The chawan has the characters for “Chin-ju” on the front, meaning “long life” and it has the five peaked “Gozan” lip.


The three small images above show a close up of the seal together with two areas inside the bowl where the clay body has not been covered by glaze, which do not show up in the large image of the bowl’s interior. There are no real signs of use or any damage.