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Teabowl, Shuwari

Artist: Kentaro Kawabata (1976 - )
Date: 2012
21st Century
Dimensions: 3.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 in. (8.89 x 19.05 x 16.51 cm)
Object Type: Vessel
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Credit Line: Gift of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz
Accession Number: 2016.27.02
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Kawabata's signature technique is embedding pieces of glass in the porcelain clay, which upon firing, melt and merge with the glazes in unexpected ways. Kawabata likens his vessels to human bodies, stating that the colored transparent parts imply passages between the internal world and the external world. The body and memory are enduring themes in his work; the folds and pleats on this tea bowl stem from his childhood habit of pinching and folding the edges of soft materials. He also frequently leaves his fingerprints in the clay.


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Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.

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