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© Kichinosuke Sasaki
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Kyoshitsu Sasaki

  • Shoraku
  • Ceramicist
  • Kameoka, Japan
  • Master Artisan
Kyoshitsu Sasaki Ceramicist
Contact
Japanese
Hours:
Monday to Sunday 13:00 - 17:00
Phone:
+81 9089305678
© Kichinosuke Sasaki

Balancing form and function

  • • Kyoshitsu is a third generation master of Raku tea ware
  • • He belongs to a school of ceramists based in Kyoto that is over 100 years old
  • • He holds workshops overseas to transmit his knowledge

Kyoshitsu Sasaki is a master Raku ceramist who continues the family tradition since 1905. Beginning as a humble form of craft, Raku ceramics became associated with the "Wabi-cha" tea ceremony – codified by the master Sen no Rikyu – at the end of the 16th century. Rikyu believed that stripping extravagance from tea ceremonies and presenting simple and functional settings was the key to deepening the spiritual connection between the tea master and guest. Embodying this zen philosophy, Kyoshitsu's tea bowls harmonise usability and minimalist aesthetics that emphasise the beauty of simplicity and imperfection. Following in the steps of his masters, he weaves tradition and innovation into his craft to further the history of this centuries-old art.

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Works

  • © Kichinosuke Sasaki
  • © Kichinosuke Sasaki
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  • © Kichinosuke Sasaki
  • © Kichinosuke Sasaki
Photo: © Kichinosuke Sasaki
Kase Raku tea bowl

Reproduction of a Raku tea bowl from the Momoyama period fired with a black glaze.

Height 8.5 cm
Diameter 10.6 cm

Photo: © Kichinosuke Sasaki
Raku tea bowl

A black Raku tea bowl with a decorative “kihake” (yellow brush) detail created by pouring black Raku glaze.

Height 8.3 cm
Diameter 10.9 cm

Photo: © Kichinosuke Sasaki
Raku tea cup

Named Kangetsu, which translates as Frosty Moon, a gold leafed crescent moon stands out strikingly on a cylindrical black Raku tea cup.

Height 10 cm
Diameter 8.5 cm

Photo: © Kichinosuke Sasaki
Raku tea cup

A sectionally pour glazed black raku tea cup, decorated with a cobalt glaze.

Height 10 cm
Diameter 8.7 cm

Photo: © Kichinosuke Sasaki
White Raku tea bowl

This white Raku tea bowl is decorated with a colourful mineral glaze accent, which results from the transformation process happening during firing.

Height 8.8 cm
Diameter 10.9 cm

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