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Inayoshi Osamu Kurinuki Chawan Tea Bowl


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In fact it could be called Kurinuki Ishime Chawan, as the rough surface of this bowl by Inayoshi Osamu is created not only by carving or sculpting the bowl from a solid lump of clay, a technique called Kurinuki, but the artist then takes round stones with various textures he has gathered and works the surface with the stones, allowing the texture to transfer to the drying clay before glazing. A subtle but expressive difference noticed more by the one holding the bowl than one simply viewing it. This tactile dimension makes his work quite unique. When visiting his studio recently I realized these are not just any rocks strewn across his work bench, they are carefully selected, imminently clean and chosen not just for the texture but for how they fit in his hand, much like a carpenter might choose carefully a chisel. This bowl is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from Inayoshisan this summer. It comes in the original signed wooden box with Shiori and Shifuku.
Inayoshi Osamu was born in Aichi prefecture, the heart of Mino country, in 1976. He completed his initial training in the plastic arts at the Seto Pottery School in 2002, garnering an award that same year at the 56th Seto City Art Exhibition. In 2007 he established his own kiln in Toyohashi, and was awarded at the 19th Heart of Oribe Pottery exhibition (again the following year). In 2008 he began to focus on the Atsumi pottery of the Heian and Kamakura periods, building up a unique repertoire. After several more domestic shows and prizes, he had his overseas debut in 2010, and has since received a great deal of attention both at home and abroad.