Tea Bowl made in Loubignac, Southwest France

Raku Kichizaemon2007

Sagawa Art Museum

Sagawa Art Museum
Moriyama-Shi, Japan

The piece is made by Kichizaemon XV with western Raku technique during his stay every summer between 2007 and 2010 in Loubignac in the Corrège region of southwest France. The piece is made of white clay from Limoges, including coarse sand, and being covered with new materials, such as a low-fired transparent and a Loubignac sandstone glaze. There are a number of fine cracks created in the process of firing the glaze all over the surface of the bowl, to which, by using a sharp stick, a convexo-concave pattern is added. As a whole, it becomes a genuinely well-balanced design. Raku also experimented with new techniques such as paddle-forming with length of woods. Using this technique, he developed a new and powerfully sculptural approach to making.

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