青嶋利陶作 志戸呂焼 飴釉茶碗 Shitoroyaki "Ameyuu" Artist: Rito Aoshima Made in Shizuoka, Japan “Candy Glaze” (飴釉茶碗) combines a shimmering, radiating glaze with a subdued, earth-toned base clay to create a contrast between the awesome and the austere. The burgundy glaze melts into a supernova of volatility in the center. The face of the bowl has a thumb imprint characteristic of Rito Aoshima’s work, which serves to both add character to the otherwise perfectly round bowl and to center the viewer amidst a dynamic landscape. This Chawan comes in a Kiribako (paulownia wood box), painted with the name of bowl, the name of the kiln, and the stamp of the artist. Inside, the bowl is wrapped and protected in a turmeric-dyed cloth in the traditional style. *This item is an original work of art. The photos are of the actual Chawan and Kiribako. Once this Chawan is purchased, we will not be able to re-stock this design. About the Artist: Rito Aoshima (青嶋利陶) is a 2nd generation potter, whose father started the current studio in which he works. The studio was created to revitalize the Shitoro-Yaki style and preserve its over 900 year history. The kiln was built as a Noborigama (rising kiln), which has multiple levels staggered vertically to achieve an extremely hot firing temperature. Ritou Aoshima studied pottery in Seto (a famous location for pottery), before returning to Shizuoka to study in the Shitoro-Yaki style. Later, he has assumed his father’s studio and kiln, and continues to make teaware for tea ceremony, as well as other vessels with a focus on elegance. About the Shitoro-Yaki style: Shitoro-Yaki (志戸呂焼) refers to the pottery style of a small region in southwest Shizuoka Prefecture, dating back to the 12th Century. The center of this style is a town formerly known as Kanaya (金谷), which is also the home of Sugimoto Headquarters. Clay from this area is high in ferric oxides, represented by yellowish and reddish hues in the clay and glazes. Pottery in this style often showcases the color and character of this clay, encouraging us to appreciate rustic simplicity and focus on the subtleties that make everything unique. Kobori Enshu, a tea master in the Edo Period (17th Century), loved Shitoro-Yaki and certified it as one of the “Enshu Nana Kama” (7 pottery-styles of Enshu).
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