SUTOU Satoshi

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SUTOU Satoshi

 

      The water jar ( Mizusashi 水指)is an integral piece in the intricate and beautiful Japanese tea ceremony. Rich in history and tradition, the tea ceremony in Japan dates back to the 14th century, where the roots of its unparalleled refinement can be found in both Zen Buddhism and the Way of the Samurai. Because of the great cultural importance of the tea ceremony itself, the instruments of the occasion have been elevated into sublime works of art and performance. One of the central implements of the tea ceremony is the water jar. Over the next several weeks, our weekly emails will introduce a select group of contemporary water jars from our favorite star artists to Living National Treasures. They carry on the history of the tea ceremony while at the same timeincorporating innovative techniques and modern aesthetic sensibilities. The rich, sensuous surface of this pair of water jars rewards close contemplation. Artist SUTOU Satoshi 

(1976-) painstakingly created the lattice design by pressing implements such as pencil points, paintbrush ends, and needles into the soft surface of the wet clay. This design beautifully complements the sweeping, floral construction of the jars.While they look and feel solidly sculptural, a water jar must not be physically heavy. Its lightness allows the host of the ceremony to gracefully carry a full water jar into the tea room. Their rounded shape also facilitates the careful, two-handed cradling required for such a task. These jars are finished in a cream white that is offset by black lacquer lids. Without a doubt, the artist brings a sublime contemporary hand to these highly traditional vessels, resulting in a beautiful pair of modern water jars. Suto is a star to watch as he has received award at Kikuchi Biennale in 2013. This year, in October along he was rewarded and exhibited at International Ceramic Festival, Mino; In Takashimaya where he showed with Living National Treasures and other well established artists. Both of the water jars offering here have been recently exhibited at the Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in the Hyogo Prefecture. 


押点文水指 Water Jar (the first one)

with signed wood box

W: 8 x H: 6.5 inches

(high lighted in the museum flyer)

SOLD

押点文水指 Water Jar 

with signed wood box

W: 6.5 x H: 8 inches
SOLD

SUTOU Satoshi
1976 Born in Ibaragi prefecture
2001- Studied with KIKUCHI Hiroshi
2004 Graduated at Ibaragi ceramic center, Studied with ITO Motohiko
2008 Become independent, moved into Kasama
2009 Received award from Japan Kogei Association
2012 Received award at ITAMI International Craft Competition
2013 Received award at Kikuchi Biennale
2014 Received award at International Ceramic Festival, Mino