Monday, December 1, 2014


I put together this slideshow of a rather unusual and maybe even rare chawan by Kumano Kuroemon. The chawan is quite large and very rich in its presentation and is described as Tetsu-Shino, Iron Shino. The surface is a mixture of iron and Shino with a nice amount of natural ash to help activate the bowl which has created a bold and masculine appearance with a rather unique feudal keshiki. I have seen a few pots in this style, but this piece seems to be far more eloquent in its presentation than most and despite the dark and dramatic surface, it is a focused and contemplative piece that has a great deal to share. Large, complex and dynamic, this is Kumano at his best.