The 6th generation - Sanyu (1685 - 1739)

Born a son of Yamotoya Kahei and later taken into the Raku family as Sõnyu's son-in-law. In 1708 he succeeded as the 6th generation. In 1728 he went into retirement, assuming the name of Sanyu. The Raku family had adopted sons over two generations and Sanyu especially made new stilistic experiments, away from the tradition followed by the preceding generations. He made numerous copies of other ceramics including tea bowls of Koetsu. The characteristic styles of others are succesfully merged into Sanyu's work to his stylistic merit. The rational awareness in the making of tea bowls, which was not shared by the past generations, is evidently growing in his creative approach
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