Madara-kin shino ware chawan (tea bowl) by Suzuki Tomio

While this tea bowl is thoroughly contemporary in both its form and glazing, it nevertheless draws on a range of classically Japanese methods and traditions.


Ceramic with wooden box and textile fukusa
14 x 9.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,195 ( Total: £2,195)
Acquired in:
2000 Cranes

As such it will serve to compliment beautifully the Oriental Museum’s existing collections. Born in Kyoto in 1948, Suzuki Tomio is one of the foremost living ceramicists working with shino glazes. Shino ware is notoriously difficult to make, with a failure rate of over 70% even in the hands of the most skilled of potters. As Suzuki Tomio observes,'Making shino requires the same deductive reasoning that detectives use to solve a mystery. They eliminate variables one-by-one until they find the answer. For me, it's the same. I'll try a new method, fail, and try another until I've found one that works.' This acquisition was presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


The artist.

Venue details

Oriental Museum Durham University, Elvet Hill, DURHAM County Durham DH1 3TH 0191 334 5694

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £1.50)

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