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Sake Set, Guinomi & Katakuchi by Murakoshi Takuma
Please refer to our stock # 1493 when inquiring.
A sake cup and Katakuchi Shuchu sake service of rough Shigaraki clay covered in brilliant green ash glaze by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes complete with Shiori and Shifuku. The small cup is perfect for shots of sake, the infamous rice wine which is so easy to drink that it often creeps up on you. Inside a rich emerald lake fills the verdant basin, outside rich red burnt clay. The Shuchu (literal translation Alcohol Pour) undulates violently with deep finger marks as it dances up, very difficult to lose your grip on this shape. The mouth of the open pot is offset for comfort of pouring. The cup is actually a handful, 8 x 9 x 4.5 cm (3 to 3-1/2 inched diameter). The Shuchu is 13 x 11 x 9 cm (roughly 5 inches diameter) and both are 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.
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