Shigaraki Pottery – FUJIWARA Shunichi: Chawan with “cinnabar” glaze.

Height: 8.6 cm (3.4 inches)     Diameter: 12.1 cm (4.75 inches)   
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Fujiwara Shunichi uses glazes as well as relying on the effect of the wood firing process to produce his work. The chawan (teabowl) has what is known as a “cinnabar” glaze inside and just over the outer edges. The glaze of course does not contain cinnabar, which has a similar red colour, as this is Mercuric Sulphide, which is extremely toxic. The teabowl has the impressed mark in the unglazed area just outside the foot ring, which isn’t visible in the image.