This Japanese Vintage Oribe Ware 織部焼 unusual chawan or tea bowl was made by famous Oritbe ware potter Nobuaki Kato. He is the Master potter of his kiln, Sanpoen-Gama. Nobuaki Kato also works with Seto ware pottery. This is a lovely handmade and hand painted chawan. According to the seller from Japan it is about 30 years old, although I think it looks older. Hand formed light brown pottery is coated with dark green glaze and hand painted in black and green. The body is formed in a ribbed style. The painting appears to be in the motif of a small look at the door to a kiln. The seal of the potter is inscribed on the bottom. The tomobako or original wooden box is also signed with his signature and that of the kiln, Sanpo-en. The tomobako is very important to the authentication, value, and care and storage of the pieces. The chawan is in very good condition with no cracks or chips, and has some crazing due to age which is normal. This is a nice classic Oribe ware pottery chawan by a famous potter and while Oribe is not normally called Mingei ware, it has a very Mingei feel to it.
SIZE: Width 4.53” or 11.5 cm, Height 3.54” or 9cm
Oribe ware or 織部焼
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 b. 1544– d. 1615. Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. 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.
Tea bowls are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and different styles are used for thick and thin tea. Shallow bowls, which allow the tea to cool rapidly, are used in summer; deep bowls are used in winter. Bowls are frequently named by their creators or owners, or by a tea master. Bowls over four hundred years old are in use today, but only on unusually special occasions. The best bowls are thrown by hand, and some bowls are extremely valuable. Irregularities and imperfections are prized: they are often featured prominently as the "front" of the bowl.
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