A Japanese vintage ki- Seto pottery kogo by potter Susumu Shinji Yamada. According to the seller from Japan, it is representative of the great Japanese 'Story of Manjiro' a historical and true story discussed below. This is a very unique and unusual kogo made by this potter and a beautiful example of yellow or ki-Seto ware. A kogo is handmade and hand formed into a square, in itself unusual to see as they are almost always round. A fish with its mouth wide open is a large finial on top, and it is then hand tooled in simple classic marks. The fish has great character and wonderful expression. Of great utilitarian design, he formed a natural hook in the pottery on two sides of the inside, to help keep the lid on the box. Kogo are most often made for holding pieces of incense at the tea ceremony. Kogo are also wonderful artistic decorative pieces in addition to placing small items in. This kogo is between 30-40 years old. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The artist has inscribed his mark on the bottom as well as signed the box made by a wood worker called a tomobako which is a signed and titled box made especially for an item. It is an important piece to have with any Japanese pottery and of great added value. The rest of the writing on the box will most likely refer to the name of Seto and the kiln name. The kiln is called the Spring Morning kiln and is located in Aichi, Seto.
SIZE: Height 3.15" or 8 cms Diameter Square: 2.56 or 6.5 cms
The 'Story of Manjiro' is a historical and true story about a young shipwrecked Japanese boy rescued by an American captain, Captain Whitfield. It begins in 1841 and still very much alive today. The Story of Manjiro can be found on the Whitefield- Manjiro Friendship Society Page. This Story is very long and really quite interesting. Therefore I chose to share the story link under our Favorite Links on our Home Page. The story found on this page ends like this: On May 7, 2009 Dr. Hinohara brought 100 donors from Japan to dedicate the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House (Museum and Cultural Center), which has since been visited, by thousands of guests from Japan and all parts of the world. Dr. Hinohara donated the entire parcel to the Town of Fairhaven on the condition that the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society operates the museum and cultural center. They have done so since the dedication.
The Potter Yamada, Shinji 山田 進二 , born 1950-
Susumu or Shinji Yamada's kiln is called Spring Morning kiln and In Aichi, Seto. He comes from a family of potters. He is a graduate in fine arts. Shinji Yamada art has been in many art exhibitions and at galleries. In addition to being a potter and artist, he is a Ceramic Art instructor at the Sino-Japanese Cultural Center. In 2013 he was awarded the Seto Toshiro Triennale prize. He has won several other awards. Shinji Yamada says he strives to study pottery and ( in the spring of pottery morning currently?). (All of this information was google translated from a Japanese site of many potters); but his intentions come through and I am so happy to have found this site thanks to a friend form Japan. I have a recently acquired link to information on the Japanese net about this potter as well as many other potters of the 20th century, should you need further information. eyakimono is also another good site for information about well-known potters both historical and current.
Seto Ware 濑户烧
Seto ware is the name for pottery made in Seto city and nearby areas of the modern Aichi prefecture. The Seto area was the center of pottery manufacture in the Kamakura period of 1192 to 1333, ko-Seto or old Seto designates pieces made at this time. At the end of the Muromachi period the center of the pottery manufacture moved to nearby Mino. At that time, wares made in the area from Seto to Mino were called Seto-yaki. In the early Edo period, some pottery manufacturing moved back to Seto.
In the Meiji period, Seto ware adapted Western techniques, gaining great popularity. In addition to the most familiar blue and white Seto, the Mino kilns also produced several types of Seto wares from the mid-16th century, including Seto-guro or black seto, and Ki-seto or yellow seto. Kiseto, fired at the same kilns as Shino and setoguro wares during the Momoyama period, featured 'fried bean-curd' glaze, Aburagede developed in emulation of Chinese celadons. It utilizes an iron-rich wood-ash glaze and is reduction fired at a high temperature to produce a celadon-like texture and bone color; in an oxygen-rich kiln, the minerals in the clay and glaze create a distinctive opaque yellow glaze.
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