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Miscellaneous Pottery – TAKIMOTO Kokyu: Small Iga Chawan.


Height: 7.1 cm (2.8 inches)    Diameter: 11.7 cm (4.6 inches)

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Takimoto Kokyu was born in Kinosaki-gun, Hyogo, Japan in 1947 and from the beginning of his pottery career has been interested in the old kilns and firing processes of Shigaraki and Iga. In fact his Fu-rai kiln is a huge hole in the ground like those used in these pottery centres during the Momoyama period (late 16th century). Besides using an old style kiln, he also loves to research old glaze recipes, with this teabowl having an example of one such glaze. Please note that the images have made the teabowl look a little too blue/grey in colour whereas it is has a little more of a yellow/brown hue when viewed with the eye. Finally you will note that Takimoto’s zigzag mark can be seen under the glaze near the foot ring at the front of the last picture.

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