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KIKKÔ Jûsôken

(1948 – )

Black raku tea bowl
Alternative title:
Kuro rakujawan
Place of origin
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).