Bizen Chawan by Kaneshige Toyo
Bizen’s first Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967) is one of the most important Bizen potters of all time. Along with other first LNT’s, such as Arakawa Toyozo and Nakazato Muan, Kaneshige researched and revived the ancient Momoyama Period ways of clay preparation, kiln building, kiln loading–a key aspect–and firing. The “tsuchi-aji” clay flavor of Toyo is unsurpassed on all his works, and it is he who made both the Kaneshige name, and moreover, Bizen, an integral presence in Japanese modern and contemporary ceramics. Here is a shibui Kaneshige chawan perfectly suited for wabi-sabi tea; it has a quiet dignified presence with Kaneshige’s subtle carving around the lip and base. In perfect condition with a signed box, 8.6cm. tallx11.6, signed on base.