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Incense Burner

Item Code: CER-KM-455-u
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Originating in the late 16th century, Ki-seto is part of the Mino family of ceramics, produced in the Seto & Mino areas. The four styles of Mino wares - Shino, Oribe, Setoguro & Ki-seto, are often used to produce wares for the Tea Ceremony.

Tanpan is the term given to the green copper splashes on Ki-Seto.

The Incense Ceremony, or Kodo (Way of the Incense), much like it's fellow tradtion of the Tea Ceremony, adheres to a set of strict rules. The ceremony takes place in a quiet room, away from the stresses of everyday life. First the incense burner is filled with ash and a piece of burning charcoal buried inside. The surface of the ash is then formed into a cone shape and lines incised into the smooth surface. A small plate is placed on the top and a piece of fragrant wood placed upon that. The heat from the smouldering charcoal releasing the fragrance from the wood. In keeping with the ceremony of the occasion, the incense must be inhaled in a specific way, the whole process allowing for quiet introspection & calmness. The action of smelling the incense is sometimes turned in to a game - with participants asked to identify the wood used from it's frangrance.

Accompanied by a signed, made to measure box
Ken Matsuzaki PortraitKen Matsuzaki was born in 1950 in Tokyo. Growing up Matsuzaki’s life was filled with art and culture and his family’s influence began to show when, around the age of 16, Matsuzaki developed an interest in ceramics. In 1972, after graduating from Tamagawa University’s College of Arts, he began a 3 year apprenticeship with (National Living Treasure) Tatsuzo Shimaoka.

Nearing the end of his apprenticeship Matsuzaki asked Shimaoka if he would consider extending it for another 2 years, whilst he learned to develop his own style, and began creating his own motifs and palette of glazes that he would use for the next 15 years. Today, Matsuzaki has exhibited widely in Japan, America and the UK and his work is held in major galleries worldwide.
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