otagaki rengetsu chawan tea bowl

Otagaki Rengetsu | Teabowl


Otagaki Rengetsu lived a life packed with struggles and both pottery and poetry helped her to find the balance between focus and distraction.


Look at this tea bowl and you look at one of the many faces of Otagaki Rengetsu. A woman, a nun, and an artist, who found her way in a life that had many difficulties to offer, many hardships to face and many reasons to engage in art. Her legacies are words, and clay – what she left to all of us are poetry and pottery. When you hold this rather weighty yet open tea bowl in your hands you sense both faded melancholy and rising hope. The pinched clay body is covered with an uneven crackled glaze. This bowl invites your eyes to travel over it, welcomes your hands to hold it, and lets your thoughts float.


Taking this mountain

of falling piling leaves

as a barrier...

from this melancholy world

I am getting ever farther...


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
Glazed ceramic
Hight 5.2 cm (2 in.)
Diameter 13.5 cm (5 1/4 in.)
Modern wooden box

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SKU: R1573