(Japanese lit: ‘WHOOT!!). Ok (ok), the literal is ’10,000 years!’, but ‘’Whoot!’ comes close. Our first Acorn from Asami Kikuchi, thus the first time I can compare her interpretation with what we’re used to seeing from her mentor. The sandblasts of Kazuhiro Fukuda were always impeccable, and showed a great deal of Danish influence in their depth. Asami Kikuchi, has already displayed a finesse in the depth of her blasts that might make most Danes look like Jim Cooke, as well as a keen sense of when a shape calls for something a bit deeper, more vigorous. While the depth of this sandblast would not be considered uber-deep when compared to (say) an Ashton pipe, for the Tsuge Ikebana, this etched ring and fan grain is absolutely perfect for a nature-inspired form, such as the Acorn. If this lovely B Grade is an example of Kikuchi Acorns to come, the cupping of the rim is a tad more pronounced, and the bowl shape falls squarely into the Acorn family, rather than an Acorn/Egg hybrid we are more accustomed to seeing. Eric just mentioned that he sees a ton of the Sixten Acorn in the bowl, and I can’t say that I disagree.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves