Mystery chawan!

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chamekke
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Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:03 pm

Hello all,

I bought this chawan a few years ago from someone who couldn't read Japanese. (Neither can I.) At the time it was identified - erroneously, I'm pretty sure - as Karatsu.

I've tried to find someone who can help identify the maker from the following photos, but so far without luck.

If anyone has any ideas or insights, I would be absolutely thrilled. It's a delight to drink from, so even if it retains its air of mystery, I don't mind too much. But it's always nice to know who the potter is, even if just to thank them personally in my mind when I drink from the bowl.

P.S. I've forgotten my Unicode skills, so I'm not sure how to resize these for saner margins. I couldn't find anything in Rules & Etiquette that said I couldn't post large pics, but if this is bad practice, please let me know (and if you can tell me what the image size limits are, wonderful!).

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debunix
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Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:47 pm

It's lovely for sure.....but that's all I can add to it's appreciation
Moon Rabbit
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Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:26 am

Hello.

I asked a Karatsu ceramics guide if they know of this chawan artist. She told me this is a Ido-Chawan style made in Tottori Prefecture.
Base on his chop and signage, the name of this potter is Nagai Kanrian, of the the kiln Chisoku-gama. He passed away last year.

I am not sure how you can further contact the kiln if you want to know more about the artist. I am having a hard time pinning down the kiln as it looks like they may not have a web page.

Hope this helped a little.
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Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:57 am

beautiful chawan, thanks for sharing.

and very nice detective work, @Moon Rabbit
chamekke wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:03 pm
P.S. I've forgotten my Unicode skills, so I'm not sure how to resize these for saner margins. I couldn't find anything in Rules & Etiquette that said I couldn't post large pics, but if this is bad practice, please let me know (and if you can tell me what the image size limits are, wonderful!).
no need to resize them. in my book, the more resolution, the better.

just note that if you upload them directly to the forum, they'll get automatically resized if they exceed 256 KiB in filesize.
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