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Murakoshi Takuma Shigaraki Tea Pot


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Inclusions burst and bubble out from the thick coating of ash which clings to the terracotta surface of this elongated form by Murakoshi Takuma from last years firing enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Chuki (Seving Vessel). Although the title here is tea pot, he does not specify tea, and in fact, knowing him, he probably would use it for Shochu (Japanese hard liquor). It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.