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Karatsu Sake Cup (Cylindrical)
Shiro Tsujimura
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C1369
In Japan there are many words that contain the term sake: asazake (morning sake), amazake (sweet, mild sake), iwaizake (celebratory sake), kanzake (warmed sake), nigorizake (unrefined sake), hanamizake (cherry blossom-viewing sake), yukimizake (snow-viewing sake), mukaezake (hair of the dog), masuzake (sake in a square wooden cup), etc.

From this, it can be seen that Sake, which is brewed from rice, plays an important role in the lives of the Japanese people, it is drunk at ceremonies and festivals, weddings and celebrations, while in ancient times it was used as an offering before battle or on auspicious occasions. It offers people a fresh start and purifies their bodies; whenever there is an occasion for people to come together, sake is always present.

The vessels used for serving and drinking sake came in a huge variety of shapes and sizes: narrow-necked flasks, called tokuri, that are used to pour sake; lipped bowls, called katakuchi, for serving; tiny cups known as guinomi that allow the drinker to enjoy the sake a little at a time; and many others. From great masters to new young artists, all of Ippodo's artists have excelled themselves to produce works in their own particular styles that can be seen at the Ippodo Gallery.

*There will be no opening reception.

Participating Artists (in alphabetical order)
Ken Akachi / Junsuke Asai / Ryusuke Asai / Goni Chon / Yasushi Fujihira / Tetsuya Ishiyama / Tsubusa Kato/ Masato Kigasawa / Ryoji Koie / Masahiro Maeda/ Toru Matsuzaki / Shigeyoshi Morioka / Yuriko Morioka/ Kohei Nakamura / Katsunori Nakashima / Akio Niisato / Yoshio Nishihata / Kai Tsujimura / Shiro Tsujimura / Yui Tsujimura
About the Artist
The creator of Japan’s most beautiful tea bowls. Originally a painter, he became enraptured by the aura of maternal benevolence he experienced when he came into contact with an anonymous O-IDO tea bowl as a young man and ever since, he has dedicated himself to the production of tea bowls at his studio in the mountains of Nara Prefecture.
The ceramics created by this gifted artist continue to delight collectors around the world and can be found in the collections of major museums in Europe and the U.S.

1947 Born in Gose, Nara
1965 Left for Tokyo to learn the technique of oil painting but became disillusioned with the process and abandoned the idea. He attracted pottery intensively, inspired by a classic ido tea bowl in Japan Folk-craft Museum and decided to take up pottery.
1966-68 Resided at Sansho-ji Temple in Nara
1969 Returned to father's farm and began making pottery
1967 Built own house in Mima, Nara City and workshop, teahouse, and seven kilns over the following seven years
1993 Built a kiln in West Devon, U.K., and made potteries

Thereafter exhibits in numerous museums, galleries and department stores within Japan and throughout the world.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1977 First exhibition at own house
1983 Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, Tokyo (thereafter biannually)
1990 Tachikichi Main Store, Kyoto
1993 Japan Art, Frankfurt, Germany (also in ’94)
1994 Gallery Besson, London
2003 Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, New York (also in ’06 and ’12)
2006 Yu Gallery, Palace Hotel, Tokyo
2007 Ippodo Gallery Tokyo (also in ’11)
2008 Honshun-in Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Public Collections:
Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC
Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, IL
The Brooklyn Museum of Art / Brooklyn, NY
Asian Art Museum / San Francisco, CA
The British Museum / London, United Kingdom
Chado Research Center Gallery / Kyoto, Japan
Cleveland Museum of Art / Cleveland, OH
Frankfurt Craft Museum / Germany
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at Smithsonian Institution / Washington D.C
The Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York, NY
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts / Minneapolis, MN
Museum of East Asian Art / Berlin, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Boston, MA
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas / Lawrence, KS
Stockholm Museum of Art / Sweden
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
Yale University Art Gallery / New Haven, CT
Miho Museum / Koka, Japan
ISE Cultural Foundation / New York, NY