This censer has the Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra written in beautiful lettering on it.
A censer made carefully with every turn of the potter’s wheel.
Adorning censers with the Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra or traditional Japanese poems is a tradition of Tokoname City. The original piece was terracotta with black inking, but the black was replaced with the bright green you see here, giving it a unique and refreshing feel. The detailed lettering of the sutra is done by Koie’s wife, Harumi, and is itself a very important tradition of the area.
■Size: Diameter 9.8 cm X Height 12 cm
■Country of origin: Japan
■Additional info: Comes in wooden box.
Making Tokoname Ware is a 1,000 year old tradition in Japan.
This is one of the six kilns officially recognized as pieces of Japanese heritage, referred to collectively as the “Six Ancient Kilns” of Japan.
Tokoname are refers to the stoneware fired around Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, but also extends to include pieces made in other areas of Chita Peninsula as well. Stoneware is related to porcelain and ceramics, but is fired to be much harder. The clay used to make these items often have iron in it, so when fired at about 1,200 to 1,300 degrees Celsius, it will tighten to have zero water absorbency and become extremely hard.
The clay of Tokoname includes iron, is very adhesive, and its particles are extremely fine. This makes it very smooth to the touch.
Normally, firing ceramics with clay that contains iron will often turn it black or cause bulges if not worked with very carefully. However, Tokoname ware takes this drawback and uses the iron inside the local clay to make unique, terracotta wares.
Artist: Hiroshi Koie
1955: Born in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture.
1975: Completed Ceramics course at Aichi Prefectural High School Seto Yogyou.
1982: Recognized as an official member of the Japan Kogei Association.
2010: Received the Aichi Artisan Award.
2016: Recognized by Tokoname City as an official intangible cultural asset (For handmade terracotta tea pot technique with a potter’s wheel.)
Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition: 27 Appearances
Japanese Green Tea Crafts Exhibition: 31 Appearances and received Obaku Award.
Tokai Traditional Crafts Exhibition: Received Aichi Governor Award
Invited Pieces & Official Judge
Chunichi International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts: Received Encouragement Award and made 6 Appearances.
Japan Ceramics Exhibition: 3 Appearances
Ceramic Biennale Exhibition: 4 Appearances
Chousan Chapter Ceramics Exhibition: Chousan Award, others.
Made the tea sets used by the Japanese Emperor and Empress at the National Convention for Abundantly Productive Sea
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