Dimensions: . φ 12.5cm × H 8cm
Materials: Mixture of clay and porcelain from all major regions in Japan, such as Shigaraki, Tokoname and Arita, as well as other clays
Method: high temperature reduction firing
Care Instructions: Hand wash only. Not suitable for dishwasher / microwave
Takashi Suzuki is a highly respected ceramicist who creates sublime, functional works of art using cracked Celadon clay and a citrus ash glaze, which produces beautiful marks that traverse across the body. His glossy forms are made using a high temperature reduction firing. A small amount of iron is added to the glaze, resulting in the striking blue and grey shades. Suzuki wonderfully describes the colour as a captured expression of below the sea.
This tea bowl has a smooth interior and exterior, with a grey blue finish. The dark tones from the edge of the opening compliment the form.
About the Artist
Born in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Takashi Suzuki originally studied economics at university, after graduating, he joined a pottery club where he had his first experience with clay. In 2000 he became full time ceramicist. Having had no previous education in ceramics, Takashi says he learnt everything from books and his own ‘many mistakes’.
The Pacific Ocean stretches out in front of Takashi’s workshop and home. The sea changes its expression every moment according to the season and the weather. Takashi’s pottery changes its expression with the reflection of light from the fine bubbles and multiple layers of cracks in the thick glaze.
Since his first solo exhibition in 2001, Takashi has continued to show his work in several solo and group exhibitions each year.