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GANSUI

Gallery of Japanese contemporary ceramic art

2016

Ten Tea Bowls and Ten Guinomi cups
with one special piece


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ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI

"TENMOKU"
(iron glaze in black)


Dec.10(Sat) - Dec.18(Sun), 2016

 

 

Iron glazed black tea bowl in old Chinese style named TENMOKU.
Long ago Japanese monks brought back tea leaves and tea serving gears from old China. The black tea bowls were brought back from a temple located near the Mt. TENMOKU. So people called the black bowl "TENMOKU tea bowls." And some of them had extraordinary views, as you know.

We introduce SETO TENMOKU tea bowls by Mr. Rokuzo Shibagaki (b.1949-).


It may not be perfect. A visible weak point makes person drop his guard. It tempts me to touch and use. Its perfect functionality makes me comfortable. Then I found myself I am always using this lovely piece. It is the SETO TENMOKU piece, I regard.

I have selected 20 tea bowls and a tall ash-glazed pot as "plus one". Additionally I picked up some tiny small dishs, MAME-ZARA we call. MAME is a bean and it means very small. They are celadon, Kiseto and white glazed pieces. They are good to put a small sweet piece. I hope you to enjoy these daily beautiful pieces produced with his professional skill.

"TENMOKU tea bowl” is generally considered as a Chinese style tea bowl with spectacular view of colorful changing of iron glaze. But the origin of the bowls were cups that were used at an old temple which located near the TENMOKU mountain in China. They were simple and functional bowls with iron black glaze. Some outstanding pieces were imported to Japan and a few of them were incredibly beautiful with the spectacular view. The great tea master RIKYU ranked TENMOKU bowl as extraordinary one and regulated to use only for a special occasion. Eventually those Chinese-style bowls were produced in Seto area where Chinese pottery had profound effects. The slightly round shaped bowls with thinner iron glaze were called SETO-TENMOKU.
Mr. Rokuzo Shibagaki with profound knowledge on the clays in Seto has tried many sort of iron glazes for three decades. The other day he told me his research on iron glaze is almost finished.
So I asked him to make his SETO-TENMOKU tea bowl. Using six or seven sorts of clays he produced various black tea bowls. His excellent skills gave them comfortable and elegant feeling. They are not extremely gorgeous like the bowls for special occasions. But they make you comfortable when you feel them in person. Mr. Rokuzo Shibagaki ’s principle is the best quality for daily life.

TENMOKU tea bowl with white clay ( sgr1612A)


A piece with double glaze TENMOKU piece (sgr1612H)

He usually apply mixed iron glaze only once before firing. And he doesn't do "HIKIDASHI" technique to make the glaze black. He said it is too easy to do so. He carefully makes the paste and glazes and controls the burning. And he waits for the true black color emerges in the kiln.
He applied ash glaze on iron glaze of this piece. He made only a few bowls with double glazes. ( Because his main theme for this exhibition is to make a true iron black tea bowl without HIKIDASHI technique.) Fine ivory flows emerged from the layer glazes. The inside view of the bowl is spectacular.
He used iron rich paste for this. And the transparent material looks reddish. White clay will show greenish brown color on lip.


 


ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI
1949 Born in Toyama prefecture.
1980 Graduate from Aichi prefectural ceramic training school and joined to Mr. Goro Suzuki’s studio.
1983 Built his own studio in Aichi prefecture.

 

 

GALLERY

 

TEA BOWL
SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612A)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.8xh8cm

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612B)
With his wooden box  
dia.14xh8cm

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612C)
With his wooden box  
dia.14xh8cm

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612D)
With his wooden box  
dia.14xh7.7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612E)
With his wooden box  
dia.14xh7.5cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612F)
With his wooden box  
dia.14.5xh7.7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612G)
With his wooden box  
dia.14.2xh7.4cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612H)
With his wooden box  
dia.14xh7.5cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612I)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.3xh7.5cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612J)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.5xh7.9cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612K)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.8xh7.7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612L)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.3xh7.5cm

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612M)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.1xh7.5cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612N)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.3xh7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612O)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.3xh7.6cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612P)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.2xh7.1cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612Q)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.5xh7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612R)
With his wooden box  
dia.13xh7cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612S)
With his wooden box  
dia.12.9xh6.9cm
JPY60,000 (税別)

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr1612T)
With his wooden box  
dia.12.8xh6.6cm
 

plus one

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZOCeladon vase

 

 
extras
SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr161224)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.4xh6.8cm
JPY60,000

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr161225)
With his wooden box  
dia.11.5xh6cm

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO SETO TENMOKU
tea bowl(sgr161226)
With his wooden box  
dia.13.4xh6.8cm
Small plates

SHIBAGAKI ROKUZO

   

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