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Shimizu Kôshô (1911-1999) & Kitamura Takashi
Kutani
Chawan, tea bowl - Mu, empty
Signed: Kôshô & Takashi
Seals:
Technique: fine crackled beige Kutani raku yaki with an underglaze, black and white slib covered calligraphy Ø 12 x 8.3
Box: signed by both potter and painter
Condition: fine

Shimizu Kôshô was born in Himeji. In 1927 he entered the Todai-ji in Nara. Upon graduating in Buddhist studies from Ryokoku University in 1933 he took up residence at the Tenryu-ji for four years to study and practice Zen under the guidance of the Abbot Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945). In 1947 he became director of Todai-ji High School. In 1959 he was appointed director of the Monks' Academy (Kangakuin) at Todai-ji, and in 1963 became director of Todai-ji Girls' School and Todai-ji Kindergarten. 1969 marked a turning point in Kôshô's career, when he was appointed Head of Religious Affairs of the Kegon Tradition. When in 1975 the abbot Kamitsukasa Kaiun (1907-1975) died Kôshô was chosen to be his successor, and in 1978 he became the 208th abbot dai bettô, of Todai-ji. However, he already resigned in 1981.

For the remaining 18 years of his life, Shimizu Kôshô was dedicated to art. He became a prolific "eccentric" painter, calligrapher and figurative potter. In 1994, when the Shosha Art and Craft Museum (in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture), was founded, Kôshô was made its honorary director.

Kitamura Takashi is head of the Kutani Chikuryû kiln in Ishikawa province

Price: EUR 600 / USD 672