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Radical Murakoshi Takuma Blue Samson Cup


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Rare cobalt rivulets mingle with the crystalline green and thick snow-like white covering the rush clay on this tall cup by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Doma Blue Samson Cup. Radical is the best word to describe his approach on this piece, veritably torn from the clay in wild gesticulations. It was fired on its side, like a tsubo, prominent shell marks embedded in the white where it sat raised off the kiln floor. It is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this year.
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.