This Japanese Vintage Kyo-yaki Kyoto Porcelain Mizusashi Container is about 30 years old. A mizusashi is a container that is used for holding water for the tea ceremony. Sometimes they are used to replenish the water for tea, and some are used to rinse utensils from the tea ceremony. Mizusashi are made by just about all Japanese pottery and porcelain makers and come in all sizes, colors, materials and designs. Made in Kyoto, this mizusashi has a very nice shape and size. It has the decoration of the 'three friends' in nice colors of plum, bamboo and pine, hand decorated on a background of a lovely blue 'key' pattern. In excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer.
SIZE: Height 5.6 inches or 14.2 cm, Diameter 5.5 inches or 14 cm
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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. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen. There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique.
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.
Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing,to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged. 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.
excerpts from Kyoto website and Japan Tourism site
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