This Japanese retro style Kyoto Ware pottery or Kyo-yaki vase is made with the beautiful three color glaze technique called Sansai written as 三彩 in Japanese. This is a handmade piece. The color choice very unique and very 1970's, white pottery is coated with three color glazes; painted with overglaze enamel pigments. Alternating traditional designs are tooled in the pottery underneath the glaze. The age is reported as about 30 years old according to the dealer in Japan, maybe 40 as the color is 1970's export ware color. It is not signed and we do not know the artist but it is very well designed and very well made. Most likely, a one of a kind piece and design. This vase is in very good condition, no chips or cracks. It is a nice large size but not too large:
Size: Height 9.1" or 23.2 cm, Diameter 3.9" or 10 cm
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Historically known as Meaco, 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.
Kyoyo has a history of 1,200 years. Known as Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. Some of the oldest history during the Nara era, a monk, Gyoki built his kiln at the Seikan Temple Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto prefecture) and produced unglazed earthenware. It became famous as Chawanzaka. 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, Kokutani, and Koimari.
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. 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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