Black Raku Tea Bowl, yakinuki type, called ASA HAJIMETE TATSU

Raku Kichizaemon2002

Sagawa Art Museum

Sagawa Art Museum
Moriyama-Shi, Japan

The source of the name “ASA HAJIMETE TATSU” refers to the phase from a classical Chinese poem. The piece is made by using a hand-forming technique and sculptural process of trimming, which is the traditional style of Raku ware. This is a thin, shoe-shaped tea bowl. A spatula is effectively used so that the lip trimmed dauntlessly give the form a rich move. There are expressive decorations with many different layered glazes. A geometric pattern is scratched with a pointed tool. As a whole, it becomes a genuinely well-balanced design. Both the mouth and the interior bottom areas are covered with a shiny black glaze. Inside the small, trimmed foot of the piece, the ‘RAKU’ mark of Kichizaemon XV is impressed. This work is one of the “Day Voyage” series.


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