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Miscellaneous Pottery – TAKIMOTO Kokyu: Grey glazed Chawan.


Height: 7.0 cm (2.75 inches)    Diameter: 15.0 cm (5.9 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 (you can see a small section of the stacking racks inside his kiln in the background to the picture of Takimoto on the left). Besides using an old style kiln, he also loves to research old glaze recipes, with this teabowl showing examples of three such glazes, including a shino type glaze.

This chawan is made of a very dark stoneware and has a subtle grey glaze that has hints of yellow and pink. It unglazed area near the foot is where Takimoto’s mark is incised.

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