Japanese Contemporary Ceramics

Shin Murata Contemporary Caviar Serving Set | Japanese Ceramics



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: Platform- 3-3/8”w x 2-3/4”h; Base- 6-0”sq.; Chopstick rests- 1-3/4”sq.

This set was purchased in 2000 from Takayuki Maemori at Rokurokudou at an exhibition at Studio “Hanare” in Kyoto. We were told at the time that Shin Murata was an upcoming ceramicist who valued in his work the unadorned charm within imperfections. As with this set, his work shows a sense of freshness in all his works that fills the gap between practical tableware and everyday art.

This set with its soft luster white, “Kannyu”, (crackle), natural ash glazed porcelain, represents a functional piece of work to serve salmon caviar known as Ikura. The set represents a pyramid-shaped form on a tray with four chopstick rests. It exhibits a sense of ultimate artistic essence called, Ubu, (innocents) to his work. All his work shows confidence in the firing of his objects affording them a type of residual glow. This contemporary-based interpretation of traditional ceramic tableware surpassing their original forms creating expressive pieces adding an element of luxury to every serving. It is said that after using it will change its landscape from what is being served. Each piece is incised with his name: Shin and his chop.

Condition: Excellent condition as produced by the artist. As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: Shin Murata is one of Japan’s leading ceramicists. Born in Kyoto in 1970, Murata graduated from Kyoto Seika University and completed an apprenticeship with master ceramicist Yoshitaka Araki, then established his own studio in 1998. Five years later, Murata built a wood-powered Anagama kiln, creating scope to fire his pieces using traditional techniques. The kiln enables wood ash to settle on the pieces during the firing, and the complex interaction between the heat, ash, and minerals in the clay creates a natural ash glaze. 

His work has is the feature of a Japanese and English book entitled: With Thoughts On Goryeo: A Journey From Muan, and published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. in 2013