Monday, September 2, 2013


Salt fired in the last chamber of his nobori-gama this rice-bowl inspired chawan is a lovely example of the work of Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2007). Taking a number of cues from his master, Hamada Shoji, this simple, yet elegant salt fired bowl has his patented Jomon-zogan technique using rich cobalt contrasted against the pale green salted surface. The generous form and crisp cut foot are complimented by the band of cobalt which seems to hold the pot together like a taut belt while the angle of the inlay yields perpetual motion. The bowl pays homage to not only the work of Hamada but the countless number of folk potters who proceeded and inspired them both.