alt. Amagumo (雨雲 "clouds to bring the rain") can also be confused with Murakumo (叢 雲 "Cluster of Clouds")
as Shichiri can be confused with Shigure 時雨 drizzle, shower in late autumn (fall) or early winter
Made by Shouraku Sasaki at Shouraku Kiln.
Shouraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shouraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.
This AMAGUMO matcha bowl is created after the original by Kohetsu Honami (1558 to 1637), one of the three great ancestors of Raku Yaki. (For more information, pleae click here.)
It is said that AMAGUMO is the work most representative of his individual and unique style. High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and often compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku Yaki.
Around the upper rim of this piece, thickness is deliberately erratic, as is the fluctuation in height. The name "AMAGUMO" means rain cloud. Black glaze is thickly poured except for some parts, mouth, and parts of side and bottom. On the front side the surface appears as though the glaze has been whittled away. It looks like rain cloud, so that this piece is named "AMAGUMO" for the scene. The surface not covered by black glaze looks coarse and rough like ancient sandstone, a very unique and pleasing texture.
The art of Kohetsu Honami, characterized by free thinking and uniqueness of form, has mesmerized audiences in Japan and around the world for hundreds of years, throughout the history of Raku Yaki. Third-generation artisan Shouraku Sasaki of one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto is the ideal individual to re-awaken this treasured creation into the present day.
Kohetsu Honami (1558 to 1637)
Kohetsu Honami was not only an exquisite pottery artist but one of three great calligraphers in Japanese history. He was born to the Honami family whose business over many generations was finishing swords. He took delight in elegant pursuits throughout his life and uninhibitedly created his art by his own true feelings and desires.
His art which is characterized by free thinking and uniqueness of form has mesmerized audiences in Japan and around the world for hundreds of years.