Tokuro Kato 加藤唐九郎 (1897-1985), Seto potter. Kato said of tea bowls: "They are not only to gaze upon, but must be held and used to appreciate their inherent beauty and art; this cannot be done with paintings or sculpture. To make a good tea bowl, first one has to understand the value of old masterpieces. I have come to that understanding but still can't seem to make even one worthy tea bowl!"
Tea bowl with design of mountain retreat, mid 18th century. Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II, act. 1720-1760). Edo period. Buff clay; white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs. H: 7.3 W: 10.0 cm. Kyoto, Japan. The poem reads: "In tranquility, the universe is great." The conflation of a vast entity with a small bounded space is a common theme in Zen poetry, and ultimately derives from the early and influential Daoist test Zhuangzi (ca. 3d century B.C.E.)
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