Black raku tea bowl
Despite his relatively young age, Kîkkô Jusôken has been recognised by the Omotesenke and Urasenke tea schools, the two largest tea schools in Japan, as their official teabowl maker.
The soft texture and colour of this work, characteristics of the 'black raku teabowl', are achieved through the combination of low temperature firing and sudden cooling of the work in water while it is red hot: a technique originated in the late 16th century by Chôjirô who made teabowls for the famous tea master Senno Rikyû. The asymmetric shape of this bowl reflects a later aesthetic (Chôjirô bowls are basically unassuming straight shapes), but it still retains the simplicity and quietude of the original style. Raku teabowls are an important part of the traditional tea utensils.
Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, August 1999.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
earthenware with black raku glaze
8.7 x 12.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed in Japanese, [stamped on clay body] "Jûsôken". Signed on side of box (assoc. nwa) in Japanese, ink "Hachidai Kikkô Jûsôken [Kikkô Jûsôken VIII] [with artist's seal]".
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1999
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).