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Black tea bowl
Shiro Tsujimura
[Ceramic + Porcelain ]
Item Number:C12985
Ippodo NY is delighted to announce that it will be holding an exhibition of tea bowls in celebration of Jugoya, the Japanese Moon-Viewing Festival. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the lunar calendar, the date of this festival varies. This year it will take place on September 8. The full moon on this night is considered the most magnificent of the year, shining high in the autumn sky. Its beauty is marveled today as it has been for centuries. Numerous poems have been written praising its beauty, and offerings are made to it in gratitude for the harvest. Ippodo NY will present a selection of tea bowls by 16 contemporary Japanese potters, ranging from young artists to master craftsmen, creating a wonderful feeling of harmony.

The appreciation of tea bowls is quite unique and differs from that of other art-crafts. During the tea ceremony, the bowl is raised in both hands and touched to the lips, its weight transmitted through the hands, its texture on the lip, and the color of the green tea inside all providing sensory pleasure to the guests. Even the shape of the kodai, as the foot of the bowl is known, is highly regarded, with people unraveling narratives in its form. Texture is experienced through the distortions of the clay; the glaze can be enjoyed throughout the entire 360 degrees of the form, and the transformations resulting from use become a source of appreciation. Each small bowl represents a culmination of Japanese aesthetics.

The Japanese tea ceremony, particularly the wabi-cha style perfected by Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-91), was developed during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603) and spread widely among the samurai class. The guest entrance to the tea ceremony room is extremely small and low, forcing the guests to enter on their knees - the idea being to oblige the samurai to leave his sword outside, thereby making all who enter equal. A samurai valued his sword as highly as his life, so to part with it in order to partake in a bowl of tea must have created a heightened atmosphere we can only conjecture upon today. The small, rustic tea room must have offered a unique form of freedom. The tea ceremony expresses an unparalleled refinement, combining Zen Buddhism with the Way of the Samurai. In the beginning, its practice was restricted to the feudal lords and high-ranking samurai, but gradually spread to the rich merchant class during the mid-Edo period (18th century). Sublimated to a deep spiritual level in both society and the realm of art-crafts, its utensils, particularly the tea bowls, have cultural and historic importance. In the past, there have even been occasions when a single tea bowl was considered more important than territory.

There are various traditional styles of tea bowl that have been transmitted to the present, with Raku, Ido, Hagi, Karatsu and Shino still being created today. All Japanese potters, whoever they may be, strive to create a perfect tea bowl in their respective careers. This is probably due to the fact that the simple tea bowl contains a sense of great presence and infinite power. They can be described as being microcosms or expressions of the great maternal spirit. The tea master devotes all his energies to a single bowl of tea to make it a unique encounter, allowing the guest to appreciate the experience through all five senses. Unlike an artwork that is only appreciated visually, it embodies organic joy, contemplation, tranquility, and living beauty. It represents the essence of entertainment and the true nature of human happiness that has remained unchanged throughout history. A tea bowl always plays an important role in the ultimate communication that joins people together, giving rise to an endless power of imagination.

Exhibiting artists:

Ryusuke Asai
Shin Fujihira
Yasushi Fujihira
Sho Fujita
Kenji Hishida
Yukiya Izumita
Ryoji Koie
Takuro Kuwata
Masahiro Maeda
Kohei Nakamura
Chozaemon Ohi
Toshio Ohi
Shiro Tsujimura
Yui Tsujimura
Hideki Yanashita
Aiko Watanabe

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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