Fujiwara Yū (1932-2001)

Bizen Tea Bowl with Fire Cord Decor

Inv. Nr. #21.017
Date 1960s
Material Unglazed stoneware
Dimensions H 8,0  x Diam. 12,0 cm

Comes with fitted, inscribed, signed and sealed wooden box.

An elegant Bizen tea bowl by LNT Fujiwara Yū. The bowl is made of bright orange, unglazed Bizen clay. The only decoration are dark red lines stretching vertically on the vessel's wall from the foot to the rim. To create this pattern, which is known since the Momoyama-period (1573-1603), rice straw cords were soaked in salt water and then bound around the unglazed clay body. While fired, the cords burn completely, leaving dark red traces on the surface from which the Japanese name of the technique derives: hidasuki, or "red ribbon".


Fujiwara Yū, born 1932 in Honami in Bizen, Okayama prefecture, as son of Fujiwara Kei (1899-1983), has been awarded the title "Living National Treasure" in 1996 for his continuous efforts to preserve and teach the traditional techniques of Bizen pottery. Fujiwara Yū was early recognized abroad as one of Japan's leading traditional potters what led to countless exhibitions in Japan and overseas. His works are collected in many international public collections and are part of the permanent exhibition in the Fujiwara Kei Memorial Hall, a wonderful museum dedicated to the family's work and the Bizen tradition in Okayama.


The tea bowl is signed with Yū's potter mark and comes with a fitted, inscribed, signed and sealed wooden box.