Gaku Kuroda Totoya Chawan
Totoya Chawan's name comes from the Matcha tea bowl style owned by the owner of fish shop in year of about 1580. Totoya means fish shop.
Not many people succeed to make Totoya style tea bowl in present days. Gaku Kuroda finally find how to make that style after many trials.
This is made by Gaku Kuroda in Hagi City(this city has long time history for making potteries since 1600), Yamaguchi prefecture.
He was born in Nagano, Japan in 1948, studied Pottery in Kyoto and moved and opened his studio in Hagi in 1977.
Higi ware use white clay from granite( Daido clay) and clay contains iron( Mishima clay).
Normal Hagi ware is fired in lower temperature but Onihagi made by Gaku Kuroda is fired twice, so its texture is different and unexpected penetration happen when you use it for a long time.
Comes with wooden box with his signature.