Tea bowl (chawan)
On View In:
Gallery 224
Artist:   Gorō Suzuki  
Title:   Tea bowl (chawan)  
Date:   1996  
Medium:   Ki-Seto ware, glazed stoneware  
Dimensions:   3 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (7.94 x 11.43 cm) (irregular)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the Asian Art Council  
Location:   Gallery 224  

Suzuki Goro lives in Seto, an historic center of ceramic production near Nagoya. Classically trained as a potter, Suzuki uses his considerable mastery of materials and firing techniques to produce innovative works of astonishing playfulness. This finely crafted teabowl, however, reflects his more studious side; for over ten years he conducted experiments aimed at duplicating the soft tone and matte, grainy texture of Ki-Seto (Yellow Seto) ware, first developed in the late sixteenth century.

Name:   Suzuki, Gorō  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, b. 1941  

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   tan teabowl with irregular mouth pushed in at sides above dark green plant motif flanked by joined spiral lines; small circular foot; has own storage box  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   97.27  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts