Height: 3 1/4 inches, 8.5 cm
Width: 5 1/2 inches, 13.5 cm

Porcelain tea bowl with a crazed celadon glaze, chawan

Japan, Kihei kiln in Kyoto, contemporary

A sturdy pottery bowl with slightly incurving rim by Yuichi Ikai. The exterior and interior are covered in a widely crackled, celadon blue blaze. The foot rim and lowest part of the body are unglazed. The bowl is contained within a wooden storage box, tomobako, the top of which has an inscription on the outside reading Seiji chawan, Yuichi, (Celadon tea bowl, Yuichi) and the seal Yuichi.

Yuichi Ikai was born in 1963 in a potter’s family in Gojozaka, Kyoto.  He studied under Uichi Shimizu, the holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Property designation.  Ikai won many prizes for his work, including in 2001 the highest award, the Kinki prize, in the traditional Kogei Exhibition. He also won in 2016 the Encouragement prize in TOBI, the Ceramic Art Society of Japan Exhibition.