This Japanese Vintage Arita Imari Porcelain Phoenix Ink Pad was made by a very skilled potter by the famous kilns and studios of the late Genemon after the last Master Potter passed away, Genemon Tatebayashi VI 館林. Some may argue that this is not the same zamei of the artist, but keep in mind there are now many potters there and the kanji are the same, just the artist hand writing is different- and there are many of them. Now the artist are separated by skill and many of them Arita Imari Masters- to be further discussed below.
A Chinese ink pad is required for any one to stamp andsign their name to an official dociument below their hand written na,e. They can use script or the old Chinese writing. The ink pads are used for this, usually with red ink. This is a very fancy one.
How this ink pad was made, in short, This ink pad and all Genemaon pieces are made utilizing the traditional techniques of Arita porcelain. Because the difficulty of firing porcelain requires perfect work in each process, a specialized systematic process was developed here in Arita. In porcelain production, it is necessary for individual artisans to do their best work in their own areas of expertise. The Gen-emon kiln uses unique clay and a firing process after the potter has created their items on the wheel and by hand. Once this is accomplished, underglaze drawing is done in a process call Wu-su. Old-fashioned cobalt soil is then used t in order to develop a beautiful blue on drawing the art preparing for the paint.
In Arita, from the long time ago, the concentration has made it the most concentrated. However, by carefully making use of thick unevenness, we are creating a sense of modern and lively sensation unique to this process. Glaze is applied to that vessel carefully one by one. Among them, Okinawari style instrument emphasizes tradition and uses the original Ryuuji glaze This special glaze was used for ‘good stuff’ of Arita dish from the Edo period, but it is expensive at present and is not generally used at the present. After the disappearance of the pattern, drying is done again, finishing work is added of lovely over glaze enamels in the chosen motif, In this case, a very colorful painting of a phoenix is made. It is painted in an every fine and unusual manner. As one can see, it takes many artists and specialist some at a different location to complete each piece, one artist completes each step.
We have almost eight pages of information regarding the Gen-emon family history of the old Genomen Masters and their family. their desire to build upon and create 'Imari Imari' and change the directions in which the old kilns were going. and the transformation of techniques is also discussed. One can also easily find and read this in detail on their website I will add to our Favorites on our Home page, Some of it is in English and for the most part that is in Japanese, it can be translated to English by the browsers. This piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Then Gen-emon family date back to the 1700s with six Masters and the artists and companies of today are very famous.
Size: Diameter 3 inches or 7.7 cm, Height 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm.
Genemon Tatebayashi VI 館林
Arita is the pottery of Saga Prefecture in Japan, this was made by the Master Potter Genemon Tatebayashi the sixth generation of master potters of the Genemon kiln of Arita, one of the most prosperous Arita kilns. The three Emon of Arita are Kakiemon, Imaemon and Genemon. As Master Potters, they are those with the highest evaluations of any potter in Arita. The sixth Genemon Tatebayashi passed away in 1990. While the works are still carried on at the kiln,
See the article link to the New York Times at the time of his passing found under our Favorites Links on our home page. Additionally, see the link to the Genemon kiln in Arita.
From the Gen- emon Kiln in Arita, please see their website.
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