New Work: A Bizen Tea Bowl by Kaneshige Kôsuke (*1943)

Unwrapping a masterpiece: High-class Japanese art works sometimes have an extra black-lacquered box for additional protection of the accompanying box (#tomobako) that is signed by the artist. And so does an outstanding tea bowl made by Kaneshige Kôsuke 金重晃介 (*1943). Being legendary Bizen master Kaneshige Tôyô's (金重陶陽, 1896-1967) third son, this fine tea bowl shows, however, that Kôsuke became a master of its own. The harmoniously hand-formed tea bowl has a perfect ash glaze of a triangular shaped yelow and black crust that is culminating in a single glaze drop on the lower rim of the bowl. Kôsuke's works, shown on countless exhibitions, have been awared many times and were acquired by important public collections such as the Santory Museum of Art, the Niimi Museum of Art, the Ibara Municipal Denchû Art Museum and the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art.