Nobuhito NAKAOKA SHINRINGAMA Colored ash glaze CHAWAN made in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture.

径 (Diameter) 11.6cm
高さ (Height) 9.5cm
重さ (Weight) 417g 

1,700.00 €
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Saishikikaiyu Chawan \ My Interpretation

The first Fuji mural has been drawn in Tokyo, Kikai-yuキカイ湯 in Kandasarugakuchou in 1912 by Kawagoe Koshiro川越広四郎 to entertain the young customers while they were taking their bath. As a powerful emblem for Japanese people the most painted subject is Fuji-san, but you can also found Japanese countryside landscape, mountains...However there are some exceptions due to Japanese superstition, for instance you cannot paint red momiji because they fall during autumn or monkey, because "saru" 去る in Japanese means "to leave".The painters are called "yokujo-haikeiga-eshi" 浴場背景画絵師 or "penki-eshi" ペンキ絵師 and only 3 remains in Tokyo nowadays, to perform this unique job in Tokyo.DOKODEMOSENTO

"祭司" (Saishi) The finest priestesses from the Temple of Venus at your command.

Kikai-yuキカイ湯 The first public bath to adopt a painting "Kikai-yu" (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)painting on public bath walls started in 1912, the first year of the Taisho era. "Kikai-yu" (name of a public bath), opened in 1884 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. During expansion in 1912, this public bath was the first to put a mural on the bathtub wall. For Kikai-yu, the intention was to make children happy. When we hear "public bath", we imagine several things like the bandai (reception counter), high ceilings, wicker baskets, and the Kerorin brand bucket advertisements. Among them, the murals have a special place in people's memories.

信凌窯 Shinringama - 中岡信人 Nobuhito Nakaoka

One of the six old pottery areas in Japan,Tamba is located near Osaka and Kobe,and has more than 50 independent pottersin small area. Nobuhito Nakaoka's workhas traditional Tamba-yaki with touch ofmodern taste.Talking to Nakaoka-san in person, I realizethat his modern and sharp design anduse of colors come from his experience.In Tamba, most of potters family have theirown kiln and has a shop, but coming fromOsaka, he didn't have anything to start with.So he entered potter's world as apprenticeshipand worked in Kyoto and also in Saint Vincentisland. This unique experience and being outsidermake his work unique and particular. He saidas a young potter, he didn't have money, sohe bought old traditional Japanese houseand fixed himself to make it a workshop/ shop/house altogether.Out of his works, I personally like red glaze.Usually, red glaze makes plate heavy anddifficult to match with other plate as well asdishes. But his red glaze melts into white whichmake softer impression and easier to use.I think it can go with green salad, carrots, orfish. I'm happy to have nice red dish on mycupboard.I actually forgot to bring my camera with mewhen I visit Nakaoka-san, so the next time,I definitely take some good photos.

信凌窯 Shinringama - 中岡信人 Nobuhito Nakaoka
1977 Born in Osaka
1996 Apprenticed to Tadashi Nishihata of Tanba-yaki
2001 Employed at Industrial Research Institute of Kyoto, Ceramics Department
2003-2005 Joins the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Program in St. Vinsent and the Grenadines
2006 Sets up his own atelier in Tachikui, Shinoyama City, Hyogo Pref.
2010 "Genzai-kei-no-Tohgei-Hagi Grand Awards Exhibition"(Present Form of Ceramic Art-Hagi Grand Awards Exhibition))
2011 Kobe Biennale 2011
2012 29th "Chanoyu-no-Zoukeiten" (29th Exhibition: Molding for Tea Ceremony)