This Japanese Kyoto Pottery 京焼き Golden Brown Mizusashi Container by Famous First Class Potter Yutaka Yamazaki 豊山崎 1962- . His works were accepted at the most famous Japanese Art exhibition the Nitten Exhibition 15 times. In addition, he has won many other famous awards noted in his bio. The Japanese dealer thought it was about 30 years old, which would make it late 20th century modern from the 1980's. According to the biography sheet,Yutaka Yamazaki became well- known at a young age as a descendant potter of a famous Kyoto potter family and also making it a bit more difficult to find historical information about him in US google search, in addition to the fact that there is a famous actor movie producer with the same name. The biography sheet is printed on both back and front, and we need to find a way to scan and translate.
Mizusashi are made as the cold water container for tea ceremonies. They are used for both replenishing the water in the tea kettle, and later rinsing the tea ceremony utensils, or the chasen bamboo whisk that is used to make the tea. In the Western home, they make wonderful decorative containers for the kitchen or just about anywhere in the home. They are made to hold foods and can be left out or placed in the refrigerator for a short period but should never be placed in a dishwasher. On an episode of the Ceramic Treasures show on the Japanese NHK channel, a wooden board shaped like a large comb was used to form the near perfect lines or ridges up and down and around the outside while they spun the hand formed pieces on the potter's wheel. The natural off white pottery is then glazed in a beautiful golden brown by slowly turning and pouring the glaze over it. The pottery appears to have been first made with sand in the clay and most likely kneaded, as can be seen in the pictures. It has a beautiful shape to it, a little smaller in the middle, very elegant. The wider mouth has a perfect fitting lid with a finial that is first indented around it, making the grasp easier. The bottom shows where it appears the netting method was used to hold it in place while cooling.
It is signed by this very creative and famous potter on the bottom rim, which is also indented in the middle. It is in very good condition, with no cracks or chips. There is some minor loss of the glaze in spots, the bottom and inside are almost like new. It does not come with a tomobako, but it does come with the autobiography sheet with the potters history and name. This is a very fine mizusashi.,
SIZE: Height 6.4" or 16.2 cm, Diameter 5.3" or 13.5 cm
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Kiyomuzu yaki 清水寺 or Kyoto Ware
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces from the past 10-40 years. Please see our many other items from Kyoto of all ages and from many well know and famous artists.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period of 794-1185, the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo. now Kyoto, was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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