After several tests and trial and error and then firings, Eiichi offered this Kohiku and one other alternative as prototypes for our Hagi SO. I would expect to see the other prototype for a future SO.
This one was chosen. Then in the creation phase, there was also some trial and error. Part of the learning process. This offerring represents the third firing attempt.
This Hagi SO is also unique in that 3 different forms/shapes/styles were created, only 10 of each. As with all Hagi SOs, this is a very limited run, in this case 30 total pieces. This is very small as many runs by in demand Hagi artisans are in the 100s and 1000s of units. These pieces were first created by Eiichi himself as “bisque” pieces specifically for this Hagi SO.
So, you will be able to choose from the three different shapes for your Commission piece.
I ask that as usual, PLEASE submit AT LEAST 5 choices. I also ask that you choose from more than one shape for obvious reasons. I will do my best to fulfill your first choices! In looking at the pieces, I feel that there is remarkable similarity within each shape. Choosing could be a challenge. If you prefer, you can ask me to choose for you, simply specify your 1st and 2nd shape choices.
The next 3 posts will individually discuss each shape/style. Then the following post will discuss pricing, ordering and shipping.
The 3 shapes/styles are:
Curved/tapered Yunomi (cup)
Ippuku-wan (mid sized TeaBowl)
Straight sided Yunomi (cup)
Here is the Eiichi Commission album in my Photobucket. There are no photos in this “album,” all the photos are in the 3 subalbums! You can see all the subalbums here:http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll60/Teamaan/TC%20SO%2018%20Eiichi%20Commission/
There are 3 sub albums, one for each style/shape. http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll60/Teamaan/TC%20SO%2018%20Eiichi%20Commission/Curved%20Tapered%20Yunomi/http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll60/Teamaan/TC%20SO%2018%20Eiichi%20Commission/Ippuku-Wan/http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll60/Teamaan/TC%20SO%2018%20Eiichi%20Commission/Straight%20Sided%20Yunomi/