A Japanese Kyo-yaki or Kyoto Pottery vase by famous potter. Masafumi Fujihira III written as 藤平正文 in Japanese. He is most known for his pottery made for tea ceremony. But he has been making Kyo-yaki for some time. This vase is about 40 years old. A cylinder shaped vase with a narrow neck and wide mouth is formed in several different designs from top to bottom, and using some captivating tool marks. This is then covered in different shades of mixed glazes in blues and greens creating a very unique and beautiful look. A Bitossi meets Japan vibe. This vase is in very good condition; it has glaze crazing which is normal for this type ware, and kiln marks, but there are no cracks or chips. It is stoneware and on the heavy side. It is signed by and marked Masafumi 正文 on the bottom by the potter. This is his potter name. We also have a very old sake bottle with this same mark made by the first Masafumi, most likely was made when this historical and largest remaining climbing kiln in Kyoto was first built.
SIZE : Height 8.3" or 21.08 cm, Diameter 3.9" or 9.90 cm. Weight 860 grams or 1.89 pounds
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Masafumi Tohei Fujihira III 藤平正文 1949- Masafumi Tohei Fujihira comes from a family of potters in Japan. He is descendant to the first Masafumi potter kiln name. 110 years ago, his probably great- grandfather opened what remains as one of the only and the largest climbing kiln in its area of Kyoto. He now operates out of a store and shop in the Gojyozaka district of Kyoto, which is also where the kiln is located. 陶房京•五条坂= ToboKyo • Gojo Slope While the family may not be talked about as much among collectors, the kiln itself has great history. Kyoto Higashiyama Gojo Slope boasts a history of 110 years, and is the largest climbing kiln remaining in Kyoto city. The kiln is now considered an Intellectual Property of Kyoto.
I am not sure if I have my II and III correct for Fujihira san, although this was a purchase from Japan and a trusted dealer gave us this info, I need to go back and check it for this part. We have one more piece by a Fujihira and the potter is much younger.
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 from the past 10-40 years.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period of 794-1185, the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital then called Heian-kyo was founded. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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