12/22/2014 | Weekly Highlight : MIWA Kyusetsu
MIWA Kyusetsu 11th
Miwa Kyusetu is the eleventh generation in a family of potters that goes back over 350 years. He has been named a Living National Treasure for his ceramics, and lives up to this title by bringing a unique and original touch to this ancient, traditional art form.
Miwa works with Hagi clay, which holds a special place in Japanese culture and is widely accepted for its excellence in the tea ceremony. People still believe and say that "一楽、二萩、三唐津" means " The best pottery for tea is Raku, the second is Hagi, the third is Karatsu."
This beautiful water jar has been named Ancient Hermitage by the head tea master of the Omotesenke Tea School, who bestowed a great honor by signing the piece along with the artist. Hagi clay is fired at a low temperature, creating a soft, sandy surface with a beautiful earthy patina. Miwa's water jar is perfectly balanced and lightweight, allowing them to be carried gracefully by the tea ceremony's host. The root shaped water jar has an amazing range of colors from light blue to grey and dark grey. Miwa has created innovative forms using traditional techniques, with striking results.
MIWA Kyusetsu 11th / MIWA Jyusetsu
1910 Born in Hagi as the third boy of MIWA Setsudo(MIWA Kyusetsu 9th)
1927 Graduated high school, started to work with his older brother MIWA Kyuwa (MIWA Kyusetsu 10th/ Living National Treasure)
1941 Studied 茶陶 (tea ware making) with KAWAKITA Handeishi
1955 Changed his artist name to Kyu 休, started making his own work.
1957 Selected for Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
1967 Succeed to MIWA Kyusetsu
1983 Designated as a holder of important intangible cultural properties(Living national treasure) for Hagi ware
2003 His eldest son, Ryusaku succeed MIWA Kyusetsu 12th, changed his name to MIWA Jyusetsu三輪壽雪
2012 Passed away, the age of 102
Hagi Water Jar
H6.75" x Dia7.5"
Attestment and named "Ancient Hermitage" by head tea master of the Omotesenke tea school-Sokuchusai inscription on box and bottom of pot. Signed box and lacquer presentation box.