Chawan Yottsu Hishi
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A “square” Matcha bowl by an extraordinary artist
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This Chawan was made by Master Katsushi using a Tenmoku shape. The bowl is made of Tokoname clay with high iron content, which can be fired at high temperatures. Master Katsushi used squares, or how he calls it “rhombus”, for the pattern of the glaze. Patterns and repeating symbols is one of Master Katsushi’s trademarks.
Career of Master Katsushi
Master Katsushi was born in Tokoname. He was practically born into the potter’s trade. Nevertheless, he chose to train ceramics in Seto rather than Tokoname. He spent his journeyman years in Kyoto before establishing his own ceramic kiln in Tokoname in 1992 and finally receiving his master’s diploma in 2013. Master Katsushi’s work has won him numerous prizes at the Chozo Prize Ceramics Exhibition, so it’s no surprise that many of his ceramics have found their way to Aoyama Square for Traditional Craft in Tokyo.
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