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Item Code: CER-WM-27-s
Textured. Tenmoku
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Textured. Tenmoku

Tenmoku is an iron-rich glaze, varying in appearance from rich reddish browns through to jet black. Originating in China (the word Tenmoku is derived from tiānmù shān, ‘Heaven’s Eye mountain’, where the glaze was first used), it is thought to have been brought to Japan by Buddhist monks for use on ceremonial tea bowls. The colour variation from russet to black depends partly on the thickness of the applied glaze and on the speed at which the pots are cooled from their firing: the quicker the cooldown period, the blacker the final glaze. Tenmoku was often used by Bernard Leach & Shoji Hamada who enjoyed exploring the fusion of ceramics traditions from the East and West.
Warren MacKenzie PortraitAt the grand age of 94, Warren MacKenzie has become a legend in the world of studio ceramics. One of the last living students of Bernard Leach, MacKenzie has transformed the landscape of American crafts. His honest, unpretentious pots are held in major public collections all over the globe, while his generous teaching style has encouraged an extraordinary pilgrimage of young potters to the Mid-West over the last fifty years. Now in his seventh decade working with clay, MacKenzie is no longer producing pots for exhibition. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire work by America’s most important potter.
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