This Japanese porcelain Kyoto-yaki chawan or tea bowl was made by the famous First Class Potter Shohei Sugita. He is the third Shohei Sugita born in 1914 of a famous family of potters from Kyoto. He made this very fine blue and white porcelain chawan about 50-60 years ago. It is a handmade tea bowl of large size. It has a low lie. It fits very nicely in the hands for drinking tea. It is decorated by hand in underglaze blue and white with traditional Japanese decorations and maru-mon or circles with more decorations. It is in near-new condition with no cracks or chips. The seal of his kiln name the Seikanji kiln or gama is stamped on the bottom.
SIZE: 5.5 inches or 14.0 cm, Height 2.2 inches or 5.5 cm
I am still looking for more information about Shohei Sugita. This is the first piece we have had by him that I know of. There are links with some of his other items for sale at auctions in Japan, but I am looking for his history and awards he has won, which is typical for a first class potter. The following is about Kyoto ware pottery.
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Kyoto most often called Kyōto-shi 京都市, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. As a result the making of Kyoto Ware most often called Kyo-yaki 京焼き, has spread out from the center of Kyoto to regions around Kyoto. It's population is one of many generations of families of potters including many notable and famous potters.
Kyoto has a history of 1,200 years. Before the Muromachi era, potters, from China and Korea, developed their own techniques and affected Japanese potters. Later, some of them moved to Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture, and founded their original styles of Kyoto ware. That is why Kyoto Ware has a wide range of ceramics with the expression of regional characteristics, such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Ko-kutani, and Ko-imari. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen. There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique.
The city of beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition.
Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing,to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged. Some of the most modern looks, new skills, and well-known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces during the second half of the 20th century for more modern pieces.
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