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Oribe Tea Bowl

Craft Artist
Ryotaro Kato
Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture
Φ100 x H87 mm

Beauty in a bowl

Oribe is one representative of the diverse styles of Mino ware. Developed by the warlord and tea master Furuta Oribe over 400 years ago during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603), Oribe ware typically exhibits unique design characteristics, such as a green color stemming from copper green glaze and intentionally irregular shapes.

The fascination of the Oribe tea bowls made by Ryotaro Kato, a ceramic artist, stems from the way they are fired in an ana-gama kiln over many days. The green glaze serendipitously flowing from bright green to deep blue when fired, the rim blackened by ashes burnt in the kiln, and the white clay peeking out from under the glaze – the various scenes that appear in one tea bowl are like looking at the varied nature of Japan itself. Half of the result thus owes to the power of nature, released by the artist’s spirit of facing the fire head-on.

Ryotaro’s aesthetic sense, his enjoyment of tea ceremony and calligraphy, is condensed and expressed in each tea bowl. His works, which are like another manifestation of the artist himself, will surely be handed down from one to another generation of people who enjoy tea.