Friday, July 23, 2010


This bold and enigmatic Zen style enso is by the “Bear of Echizen”, Kumano Kuroemon. A potter of tremendous bravado and consummate skill with fire, his equally bold and spontaneous calligraphy is just pure excitement and it adorns most of his boxes for his pottery.

I would like to think his enso is a universe enso and represents all of the cosmos. Like the famous line from William Blake’s AUGERIES OF INNOCENCE, can’t you just imagine all of the universe in a single cup? Especially a cup the size Kumano makes them!