Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Tomato (Kikuchi) (E) (013) (2020)

Product Number: 002-623-4579

Tsuge Ikebana is comprised of three carvers and though each artisan crafts their own individual pieces, they do so underneath the umbrella of the Ikebana workshop's name while still allowing each pipe maker to realize their creative vision and deliver unique pieces that represent their distinctive style. Asami Kikuchi is one of the workshop's artisans and notably attended Tama Art University, one of Japan's most illustrious art schools. Shortly after graduating, Asami was afforded the opportunity to craft wooden sculptures for a client in the Tsuge workshop and immediately became fascinated by the tactile and visual appeal that pipes offered. Kikuchi's talent was readily apparent and she was offered the chance to apprentice under the workshop's master artisan, Kazuhiro Fukuda. Over the past few years Asami has developed her own unique style, delivering sleek, streamlined designs as well as muscular and dynamic pieces like this Tomato.

Though this offering measures less than five inches in overall length, it's a substantial design that warrants admiration from every angle. The shank is lenticular in its shaping and abbreviated in length, quickly curling to meet the broad, robust bowl. Said bowl is remarkably wide, wearing its waistline high and dramatically bulges outward in an almost Saucer-like manner. Streaks of flame grain coincide with the bowl's flare from its sweeping heel up toward the rounded rim, handsomely highlighted by a vibrant contrast stain. The rounded rim features a subtle chamfer around its inner ring, seamlessly continuing the bowl's shaping while avoiding the structural harshness that a flat rim would impose on such a curvaceous and organically inclined design. The saddle stem is gracefully bent, promising a comfortable hands-free smoking posture while its smaller diameter in relation to the shank face thrusts the viewer's attention toward the stummel.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.84 in./122.94 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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