This Japanese vintage Iwakuni Pottery kashiki was made by Master Potter Shoto Yamada. The dark red clay used to make Iwakuni Pottery is hand formed into a large serving dish, It is hand glazed in an interesting manner and nice combination of grey and reddish brown glaze with a most interesting result. The kashiki is decorated in two different colors that work well together. It has a bumpy appearance to the surface. It has a nice square foot or kodai on the bottom. The edges turn up delicately at the end. A kashiki is a dish most often used in the tea ceremony for serving sweets and desserts. According to what we read, Iwakuni- yaki is noted for its elegance and warm texture. This kashiki is about 50 years old, made in the 1960's according to the Japanese seller. It is in excellent vintage condition with no cracks or chips. Master potter Shoto has inscribed the plate on the bottom with his mark and that of the Kikkou- gama pr kiln. It also comes with the signed tomobako which is the original box made especially for this item, and important for the safekeeping and future value of the piece. A gorgeous combination of unfinished clay colors in a simple yet elegant design and a nice size dish or kashiki:
SIZE: 9" Square or 22.86 cms, Height 1 1/2" or 3.81 cms
The master potter, Shoto Yamada opened Kikkou Gama in 1973 in Iwakuni. He found the clay suitable to make pottery in the area and opened his own pottery business. In addition to the colors used in this kashii they are all handmade and hand painted or glazed pottery are made in other colors including a beautiful sea blue green. Now he and his son, who was awarded many prizes in Japanese art and ceramic contests, are making practical and artistic pottery in the countryside of Iwakuni. They are the only established potters in this small city. Some people in Japan might know them, but it's pretty much unknown to people other than Japan. A comment from a visitor to the kiln said, 'It might be a little expensive, but I think it's worth it...'
Iwakuni yaki is the pottery of Iwakuni written as 岩国市 and located in Iwakuni-shi, a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan; 5 hours southwest of Tokyo by bullet train. Iwakuni- yaki is made at the Kikkou- gama or kiln. Iwakuni-yaki is ceramic ware that was used during the time of the Iwakuni -han about 300 years ago that is still produced today. Iwakuni was formerly the castle town of the Iwakuni han, which was formed by Lord Hiroie Kikkawa after he was banished there for supporting the defeated shogun.
As promised we continue to search for and find new items from different makers and kilns of Japan that we have not yet shared in the store so we were very excited about this new finding of Iwakuni yaki, and from a little known but expert potter and kiln. One can see all the different makers in the store by expanding both Porcelain and Pottery drop down lists for both Antique and vintage or modern, on the left size of any store page.
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