Funaki Kenji (b. 1927)’s works are an important part of the long history of Fujina ware, within which exists his namesake kiln, the Funaki Kiln. It is believed that Fujina ware, now frequently characterized by its Mashiko and Mingei-adjacent aesthetics, was founded by Funaki Yojibei Muramasa in 1750 during the Edo-period. At this time, the kiln frequently exported functional wares overseas, genesis to the character of Fujina ware as functional with sought-after glazes. He followed in his father’s footsteps, the 4th generation Funaki Michitada, and as the 5th generation of the Funaki Kiln, Kenji brings this heritage through in his portfolio of Mingei wares. He studied under Hamada Shoji and later under Bernard Leach. Both of whom instilled core Mingei values. This wholesome tea bowl shows a sensitive black underglaze with a color overglaze. It is slightly faceted, with a caramelized look to the glaze overall. It is exemplary of the history of Fujina ware.