Monday, November 26, 2012


Illustrated is a Bizen chawan by Masamune Satoru who I have written about before in my blog. There is some connectivity that I feel with much of his pottery as I also do with another Bizen potter who left us much too early, Kaneshige Michiaki (1934-1995). I am not trying to insinuate that there work is similar, rather both potters pot and fire in a way that for some reason I naturally relate to; each has decidedly created a style that is identifiable and comforting. This chawan by Masamune is large and was well fired with a natural build up of ash with the interior covered as well and appearing wet. The form just asks to be grabbed up and handled and from foot to lip, this is the type of chawan that has a lot to offer and a great deal to say.