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Murakoshi Takuma Contemporary Genso 27 Platter


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Dark cobalt sinks deep into the rough terracotta clay giving this large serving platter its name Genso 27 (The periodic table number for cobalt). This is by Murakoshi Takuma, part of his newest series of work and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Genso 27 Kaku-zara (Atomic number 27 Square Platter). It is criss-crossed with drizzled snow white and emerald green which float on the surface in shiny drifts. The edges all turn up like a pagoda roof, ensuring the juices stay on the plate and not on the table cloth, and is raised on four bun feet, allowing your main dish to rise above the other plates. It is 29.5 x 34 cm (11-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches) and in perfect 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. If there is anything he is known for, it is without a doubt his legendary status among restaurants and Izakaya as the man to make your food presentation perfect. 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.