From Japan, this unusual small Kutani stoneware vase was made by the famous potter Kitamura Takashi born 1946, see more below about his history. This is the first stoneware Kutani vase I have seen. Of interest, a friend and mentor bought the same vase while she was in Japan, about the same time I bought our vase from Japan. This was made by the hands of Kitamura Takashi, and it is signed by him on the bottom with his 'zaimei' to the left of the Kutani mark. It is a kabin or vase designed for use as a small flower arrangement ikebana Very humbly made by hand, in a straight and rounded pill shaped form. Gold or '-Kun- 金' paint which is his specialty is used in a minimalist design on the top and bottom, The mouth of the vase is smaller than the vase but not too small, and lined in bronze. It sits nice and steady and just perfectly for a lovely fresh flower ikebana. It is about 20 years old was mosy likely auctioned off from an old show. It is in excellent condition, please see the pictures.
SIZE: Height 4.52 inches or 11.5 cm, Diameter 3.34 inches or 8.5 cm
Takashi Kitamura, 北村隆, 1946-
At the Koushi Museum, several potters work together in a 1600-year-old historical setting of beauty, a resort and museum, Houshi in the Hokuriku region of Japan, see more at their website. The following information is directly from their site with the information about their four potters:
Famous for his bright gold and silver glazes, colorful Kutan,i gosai, and aote- kutani, Takashi Kitamura has preserved long-held traditions as well as broken new ground with his own distinctive style.,Brief history: Born in Ishikawa prefecture in 1946, in 1970 he began studying under Isokichi Asakura. Three years later he won the first prize of 17 prizes awarded to him at the Nitten Exhibition. In the same year he won his first prize at the Japan Modern Craft Exhibition, an event where he has won many subsequent prizes as well. In 1979 he won a prize at the Asahi Pottery Exhibition; the same year he was a winner at the Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Craft Exhibition. In 1984 he won first prize at the Ishikawa Prefecture Museum Memory Exhibition of the Modern Art Exhibition. Two years later he became a member of the Nitten Exhibition. In 1990, along with a master of the Ishisu style, he held an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between New York and Tokyo. In 1992 he won a bronze medal at the Apolopolis Museum International Exhibition in Nice, France, followed in the same year by an exhibition with bamboo brush makers from Suzu-shi at the Louvre in Paris. Recently he has held the Takashi Kitamura Exhibition at various places.
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