8.7 x 12.0cm
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.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 'Tea', Domain, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).