this Japanese Kyo-yaki Kyoto Pottery Mizusashi or Water Pot with Mishima Inlay is about 30-40 years old. According to the seller in Japan it is Kyoto pottery. A mizusashi is a cold water container used for the tea ceremony. There are the types made to replenish the water for making the tea, and some are used to rinse utensils from the tea ceremony. It is an unusual piece as most mishima inlay work we see is on Onta or Karatsu ware, most often with floral and sometimes animal patterns. This iMishima inlay is of simple, small circles. It is handmade by a Kyoto potter, who then hand-paints the surface with a nice gray- brown color, one can see the brush strokes with a splattering of off-white brush strokes. The Mishima inlay is impressed with a tool,then each small circle is filled with the same light color. Then, the entire piece is hand glazed. It has a nice half circle finial. It is made with great detail and very work intensive, the natural colors work together very well. The foot is stable and the rest of the mizusashi is in excellent condition, no criacks or chips. It is marked on the bottom with what looks like the old traditional mark used by potters in the pre-Meiji era when they did not wish the Daimyo to purchase their pottery, so we do not know the maker. This is a wonderful, beautiful and humble Kyo-yaki mizusashi and a heavy Kyo-yaki pottery mizusashi.
SIZE: Height 7.1 inches or 18.03 cm, Diameter 6.3 inches or 16.0 cm, Weight 1590 grams or 3 1/2 lbs prepacked
Mishima ware 三島 is a slip inlay style of Japanese pottery adopted from Korea, likely in the 16th century. The name Mishima might have been coined in the 17th century, but the style itself goes back to Goryeo, 935-1392, when bowls decorated in this way were known as Korai-jawan or Korai tea bowls. It is also known as gohon, ご飯[ and originated from Buncheong pottery. In Mishima ware, bowls were inlaid with various motifs such as floral and animal depictions. To create these motifs, a potter would begin by engraving the design in the body. Next, the engravings would be filled with contrasting colored clay or slip. Finally, the bowl is then covered it with a transparent glaze. This technique peaked in Korea during the 12th and 13th-century Koryo celadons, deemed ‘first under heaven.’ It is also referred to as zogan.
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Kyoto most often called Kyōto-shi 京都市, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. As a result the making of Kyoto Ware most often called Kyo-yaki 京焼き, has spread out from the center of Kyoto to regions around Kyoto. It's population is one of many generations of families of potters including many notable and famous potters.
Kyoto has a history of 1,200 years. Before the Muromachi era, potters, from China and Korea, developed their own techniques and affected Japanese potters. Later, some of them moved to Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture, and founded their original styles of Kyoto ware. That is why Kyoto Ware has a wide range of ceramics with the expression of regional characteristics, such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Ko-kutani, and Ko-imari.
The city of beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition. 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 during the second half of the 20th century for more modern pieces.
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