This Japanese vintage Awaji pottery vase is a nice shade of Awaji glazed green and decorated with white-yellow bamboo. It is handmade and hand glazed by a skilled Japanese potter. It has a nice tall slender cylindrical shape with elegant half-diamond shaped handles. It is decorated with tall slender stalks of bamboo in a nice mix of pale yellow and white. This is a colorful Japanese vintage Awaji Pottery vase or 'kabin' as it is called in Japanese. According to Thomas Libby on his Awaji site, "Most of the pieces that we see here in the West were made sometime between the mid-1870's when Awaji began exporting pottery, and the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed.' Most likely this was made in the latter part of their time. It is not signed or so it appears and what appears to be part of an old sticker which is most likely the original so it should not be covering anything up. See Thomas Libby's site called 'tlibby' and the page I am reviewing 'An Introduction to Awaji Pottery'. I will try adding a link to it in our 'Favorites' links. This vase is in excellent condition with no chips or damage cracks. It is a fine nice quality vintage Awaji pottery vase. Please visit our store of over 700 Japanese items, mostly porcelain, pottery or ceramics.
SIZE: Height 9 1/2 inches or 24.13 cm, I do need to confirm weight so it is estimated on this one
Awaji Pottery 淡路
Information from Jan - Erik Nilsson and his Gotheborg site, see the link to his site under our Favorite Links on our Home Page, see more at his site.
Awaji pottery has got its name after the Japanese island at which it was made during a period of about one hundred years, between 1830 and 1939. Most of the pieces we find are made from the mid 1870's when Awaji began to export its products, to the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed. Earlier wares caters to the Asian taste and could be found imitating Chinese monochromes from the Kangxi period and later, while from the turn of the century the shapes are more inspired with the western art movement such as Art Deco and Art Noveau. Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff, to white to grey. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent. Most common are the Awaji monochromes such as grass green, yellow ranging from pale lemon to deep amber, cobalt blue, aubergine, light green, blue, light and dark turquoise, mirror-black, and burgundy. Other wares can feature two-tone or three-color glazes similar to Chinese sancai, many pieces with incised decoration most commonly featuring irises, and applied relief decoration.
Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown where smaller earlier pieces and application ornaments appear to have been press molded. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff, to white to gray. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent.
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