Multi-Colored Chawan and Guinomi by Ichikawa Toru
When one looks at Ichikawa Toru’s ceramic art it’s easy to see the influence of Bizen’s Kakurezaki when it comes to forms; that’s little surprise though as Ichikawa apprenticed with him from 2011-2015. He established his own kiln in 2015 in Okayama–home of Bizen–and has become very popular here indeed. He’s taken the aforementioned forms, added a little verve and then of course the multiple glazing schemes he uses on the Bizen clay. Lots of interesting textures as well. The two chawan have some heft to them and almost more of mystical art objects to hold than a very functional chawan, although of course matcha can be drunk from them. The guinomi also have some heft and are also a joy to hold and gaze upon; with sake inside forget your current blues, if they exist. The chawan are each 120,000 yen and the guinomi are 28,000 yen, signed boxes and EMS included.