This Japanese vintage Oribe Ware pottery 織部焼 Mizusashi or cold water container dates to the 1930's Showa period of 1926-1989 according to our seller from Japan. A mizusashi is most often used for tea ceremonies to replenish water for the tea kettle. They are also wonderful to use as a food container. They make nice decorative or utilitarian pieces for the home. This is a wonderful Oribe green glaze on cream-colored mizusashi decorated with mon and designs in the center all around. It was made on the potter's wheel which is clearly seen on the inside and the lid, and the bottom if one looks closely. It is in very good aged condition with no cracks or chips. I had to go check it due to the difference in the piece with the bottom. The bottom which was never finished or coated with protective material does show the age. It is an interesting contrast and I do not understand it. One can see the beautiful light crazing that shows its age.
SIZE: Height 5.5 inches or 13.97 cm, Diameter 5.3 iniches or 13.46 cm, Weight 845 grams or 1.86 lbs pre-packed.
About Oribe-ware or Oribe-yaki 織部焼
Oribe ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters.
Oribe ware or 織部焼 Oribe-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe (of 1544–1615. Oribe is a style of pottery with many variations. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
The late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries such as Momoyama and early Edo were one of the great periods of Japanese ceramic production in Seto and the neighboring Mino region. It was the period when individual artisans began to explore their craft most creatively, pushed on by the demands of the tea ceremony and the aesthetics of the tea master Oribe. Many of the most famous Raku and Shino bowls were produced at that time, and even in those days they were hugely valuable. The Jesuit priest Louis Frois wrote that one tea bowl equaled the price of the most precious jewels in Europe. As a result, Seto mono is as common a term for ceramics in Japan as China is in England.
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