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Murakoshi Takuma Drunken Samson Cup
Please refer to our stock # 1492 when inquiring.
Very little in life equals the joy of sipping from a gnarly “Sampson Cup” by the eccentric potter Murakoshi Takuma. Here is one from his most recent firing, which features cobalt along with the iron under the thick ash and feldspathic glazing. The weight is pleasing, and the texture is a thrill for the senses. This one has a certain drunken dance to it. He told me, that while he was making it the shape took on a life of its own, but he was not sure it would survive the firing. Luckily it did, and it is great fun. It is 15 cm tall, slightly oblong at 10 x 11 cm diameter, and perfect condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Cobalt is a recent addition to his clay art, however he has a very limited supply and is not certain he will continue using it (it is very expensive). I am encouraging him to keep going.
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.
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