One of the most important figures in the Mingei folk craft and studio pottery movement in Japan, Kawai Kanjiro’s works are unparalleled in works of art from Mashiko. As a pioneer who showcased the dignity of everyday utensils and functional ceramic wares, he elevated the position of “craft” and the role of “craftsman” in Japanese aesthetics. His works are subtle, wholesome. In this tea bowl, he has utilized a coloured clay process called “Neriage” 練り込み or “Kneading”, which refers to the use coloured clay (naturally occurring or hand-glazed) in combination with a wheel thrown process. In this chawan, he used a brush to hand-colour his clay, rather than it being naturally occurring marbling effect. Constructed in 1955, the sweeping rosette patterns on the surface of this tea bowl affirm his decorative and more sculpturally inclined sensibilities in his later work.