Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Rustic and hearty with a compelling stance, this well fired Shigaraki guinomi is a visual delight with its undulating lip reminiscent of a far off landscape. The broad foot matches well with the wide open volume of the guinomi, generous in both size and capacity and all business concerning its one purpose. This well fired little gem is by Kon Chiharu who excelled at a style of firing that is synonymous with his master, Tsuji Seimei. Firing in the Shigaraki style and using Shigaraki kiln and clay, Kon is creating works that are infused with the medieval tradition, a modern eloquence and maybe just a small amount of Niigata, where he lives and works. However you wish to define this wood fired guinomi, the definition is not complete without the word, resolute.