This Japanese Kyo-yaki porcelain vase was made by the greatly loved and respected Tozan Wada IV. He is a potter from a family of potters of Kyoto, Japan. This vase is very fine. I love everything about it- the shape, colors, and paintings. This vase was made by hand at the family kiln of Kotoura- gama. Kyoto ware pottery is shaped into a lovely globular style vase taken after the Chinese style called the 'Zhuàn xīn píng 篆新平' vase. It is painted then glazed in white. In coral with subtle green highlights and an intense bronze border, it is painted in over glaze enamels. I have not seen one like this before. Around the top it is painted with the motif of the sun, or maybe the Japanese flag motif with a flare. A contemporary version of Wada's rendition of the Hou-ho bird is painted with clouds around the bottom half.
This vase is inscribed on the bottom with the potter's mark. It is in very excellent condition and may have some minor surface ware, but we have seen no cracks chips or scratches. According to the dealer in Japan, it was made about 20 years ago, in line with the dates listed in the rest of the history of Tozan Wada IV besides the below. The vase comes with a tomobako, this one is a high-quality and well-made box with a description of the vase, the artist's signature, and the kiln seal script mark. It is signed on both sides of the lid, and the back side can be seen with the additional pictures in our Facebook post. It is a nice size for an average size breakfast table centerpiece with flowers or a cabinet vase. For those whose tastes and needs are met by this vase, it is a very fine Japanese piece.
SIZE: Height 7.1 inches or 18.03 cm, Diameter at widest 4.3 inches or 10.92 cm
The Wada 和田 Family of Potters
The fourth Master Tozan Wada 登山和田 given name Hiroaki Wada, was born in 1947 in Hyogo, Amagasaki city, Japan. He is from a family of potters in Kyoto, the famous mecca of Japanese famous potters. In 1970 he graduated from Kyoto School for Ceramic Arts Training. In 1972 he began his apprenticeship with his father Tozan Wada III at Kotoura-gama. In 2000 he trained under Living National Treasure Master Manji Inoue.
I just found this new website and resource of information for the Wada family which is translated to English with more information about the current Master Tozan Wada- san and Kotonoura-gama. This is just some of his history and we are happy to share the rest and website link with the buyer of this piece. Him and his father have exhibited together as a family often, including the ‘Exhibition of Each Generation's' of the Wada Family Works at the Amagasaki museum most recently.
In 1996 exactly 20 years ago at this time, he assumed the Master's name of the Fourth 'Tozan’. It talks in more depth about him and his family history and their works. The works of both generations are quite fine and can also be found by searching by their name or the kiln. We also have more information about the historical Oizuimi Kiln in Hyogo, a historical climbing kiln and the first from where his family’s pottery was made. Too much information for this post, we are happy to share the rest with the buyer. Master Tozan Wada IV is very famous and well known in Japan.
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