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Crystalized Ash Glaze Tea Bowl by Murakoshi Takuma

Crystalized Ash Glaze Tea Bowl by Murakoshi Takuma


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Clear green glass has gathered on the deep divets left by the artists fingers scoring the sides of this deep ash-glazed bowl by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Wan (Bowl). The rim undulates in the traditional Gozan (Five Mountains) form, the waves echoing those furrows left by the artists fingers. White molten fledspar is scattered about the surface like studs on punk-rock leather, while a large stone bursts from the front. In the center a deep pool of green so dark it is nearing black. The bowl is 13 cm diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in perfect condition. This is from his most recent firing from August to September. I was lucky to be able to visit the kiln and pick through everything BEFORE he loaded out to Kysuhu for the Ceramics Festival, and we managed to acquire several of the best pieces.
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.