Friday, August 10, 2012


Illustrated is a classic Iga chawan, made in the last 20 years or so, but medieval and timeless in appearance. The rustic beauty of the clay and its ash covered surface suspend the piece, out of time, neither new or old, but possessing a quality that makes great wood fired pots so evocative. This Iga chawan is by Kishimoto Kennin, a gifted renaissance potter who has mastered a wide array of styles, though for me, it is his fluid kannyu seiji and Iga pottery that speak about any time from Momoyama to modern days.  

"Time is the longest distance between two places."  Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

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