This is a medium size unique Oribe Ware or Oribe yaki Vase. It is made of the heavy Oribe ware pottery. It is hand thrown and molded, underglaze painted in traditional Oribe design in seafoam blue green and with a descending vine. It has a kiln slip mark from touching another piece of pottery or so it seems on the handle which just adds to its uniqueness, this is a kiln glaze crack and not a damage crack, very natural wabi sabi. It dates to the early to mid 20th century or Showa period. It is in very good condition for its age, please see the pictures and notice the detail, very pretty vase.
SIZE: Height 5.75" or 15 cms, Opening at mouth about 1 1/2"
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織部焼 Oribe-yaki or Oribe Ware
Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers. Oribe-yaki is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe (1544–1615).
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter’s wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used.
For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
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