Tea Bowl with “Oil-Spot” Decoration

Kamada Kōji Japanese

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Tenmoku, a type of iron-glazed stoneware, originated in China during the Song dynasty (960–1279). It takes its name after the mountain range where it was first produced. In the thirteenth century, tenmoku bowls were introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks returning from their studies. Highly regarded by the Ashikaga shoguns, tenmoku tea bowls hold a revered position in the early history of tea culture (chanoyu). Based in Kyoto, Kamada Kōji is one of a very few contemporary Japanese ceramic artists who has chosen to research and produce tenmoku.

Tea Bowl with “Oil-Spot” Decoration, Kamada Kōji (Japanese, born 1948), Stoneware with iron-oxide glazes, Japan

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