Karatsu Ware Muji-Karatsu Style Teabowl


A Kogaratsu teabowl fired in a Hirado-type kiln around 1620-30. Featuring a steep shape reminiscent of a sheer cliff, the teabowl is distinguished by its lead-coloured feldspar glaze extending to the inside of the foot.

The Hirado-type kilns were established by potters from the southern part of the Korean Peninsula who migrated to Japan following the second Japanese invasion of Korea in 1597. There are notable similarities in the techniques employed by both styles. In this particular piece, the Kairagi glaze (granulated glaze pattern) adorns the waist, revealing the clay beneath, akin to the renowned Ido tea bowl. Faint Gohon (reddish tint spots) on the surface, coupled with a deep well, emits elegance and beautifully reflects tea.

The lip exhibits a chip, expertly restored with a similar sherd. Additionally, some stains and kiln scratches, while characteristic, do not detract from the overall condition of the teabowl. It is housed in a box labelled ‘Okugorai.’

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