This Japanese Vintage Arita Nabeshima Porcelain Reticulated Open Work Bowl is about 30 years old. Eiji Style is the word for reticulated or open work om Japanese, also called sukashi for open work. This type work has been made by several kilns, including the Kinpo kiln of Hasami ware. I am not exactly sure yet oif this particular mark but it is close to several late 20th-century kilns of Arita and Hasami. The fine white jiki or porcelain is hand formed or tebineri, into the sukashi open work which is rolled then braided. The weaved portions of this bowl are hand weaved.
It is finely made with great detail. It is hand decorated in blue and white with a high glaze. The center is a gorgeous decoration of under and overglaze blue in an old Chinese design with a lotus flower. The border is trimmed in more flowers. While some I have seen are hexagonal rimmed., this has a rim made into a small delicate scallop. It has a nice rounded foot or ko It is signed on the bottom by the artist with the name of the kiln. It has a very nice and perfect trimmed foot. It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips.
Size: Diameter 8.1 inches or 20.6 cm, Height 2.4 inches or 6.0 cm
Hasam-yakii Porcelains 波佐見焼
Hasami became just one of Japan’s important ceramic towns during the Edo period 400 years ago and it continues to thrive with ceramic artists and enthusiasts. The small rural town of 15,000 boasts several large and prominent ceramic houses that proudly work with traditional methods, as well as modern machines, to produce all types of ceramic ware for an increasingly demanding world market.
While they used to be made all by hand, now casting molds are used. Still requiring hand work, casting molds are stacked up in tall columns and pressed down from both ends. Ceramic slip enters each individual casing through a small hole that runs through all of the molds like a tunnel. A kiln worker then carefully dusts and shaves off imperfections off a line of lids straight out of their molds: Then they glaze and decorate pottery by hand.
Hasami and Mikawachi where Hirado is made are in Nagasaki Prefecture. The pottery in this area of Kyushu is all intertwined. Historically and before present day prefectures, this area was in one Province called Hizen.
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