Six lobed tea bowl with fire marks and ash glaze. Comes with the original paulownia-wood tomobako storage box, inscribed and signed by the artist.
It was Toda’s encounter with pre-12th century bronze water pitchers that inspired him to create his signature works. Sensing the divine beauty that distinguishes medieval period tea utensils, he honed his abilities as he pursued the creation of the ultimate in beautiful forms. His exceptional fabrication technique and shaved surfaces result in ceramics that are praised for having the dignified grandeur of bronze. Toda’s symmetrical forms produce a great depth of feeling from the notoriously hard to control wood-fired kiln environment. The beautiful sensibility of ceramics not found in bronzes can be seen in the subtle swelling, shaping of the foot, and single line circling the mouth rim and torso, each aspect revealing the artist’s ingenuity and concentration.