This Japanese Contemporary Oribe ware Chawan or Tea bowl was made by the well known Nitten Exhibition Potter, Sokaku Mizuno b. 1944- . A unique Oribe ware chawan and a true work of are is made on the potter's wheel, hand formed and hand painted. This wonderful chawan is painted in the motif of bells and flowers in the traditional Oribe colors. Chawan are historically made for the tea ceremony but of course there are tea bowls that are used for everyday ware. According to my dealer whom we have known for some time, this chawan is about 30 years old. It is possible it is a little older. Sokaku Mizuno has inscribed his signature on the bottom. The tomobako or wooden box which is made especially for this tea bowl is also signed by him, providing good storage and extra value in the long term. His profile is also included. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and no surface wear seen, it may have belonged to a collector and become an auction purchase.
Sokaku Mizuno is originally from the Seto area. He was accepted at Nitten Exhibition many times. He is a prominent potter with outstanding talent due to his strong passion for his work.. Some of his last works are exhibited at the Metropolitan museum in NY now as items to be kept for good.
SIZE: Diameter 4.8" or 12.6 cm Height 3.5" or 8.8 cm
Oribe ware or 織部焼 Oribe-yaki
Oribe-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe of 1544–1615.
Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation in style. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
The E Yakimono website by Robert Yellin is a good site for more information regarding Oribe ware, a link to this can be found under our Favorites Links on our home page.
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