This Japanese 1960s Kyoto Ware Pottery mizusashi or cold water container was made by a Kyoto potter named Kakuzan HIrai 鶴山 . According to one of my dealers in Japan, he is a famous Kyoto Ware potter. A mizusashi or cold water container is usaully made for the tea ceremony to hold water for replenishing for tea. Mizusashi also make wonderful decorative containers for holding other food or just other items and just about anywhere in the home. This is handmade and hand painted in a brown and yellow background with enameled sunflowers. The flower pattern is with great character, the white petals shape and the center gold and brown for the pollen. It is incised in the pottery as 鶴山 Kakuzan HIrai. We have found information about this potter and -zan is a family name ending and possible this is older as those are so hard to find on the internet, I suspect there is some relationship to one of the -zans who we previously saw under Satsuma, which technically belongs under Awata Kyoto Ware, as Jan Nielsen has told us on the Gotheborg site and shared by Sandra Andacht Simon, One of the first links a search on his name brought up is Asahiyaki, so lets see what I find! This piece is in excellent vintage condition with no cracks or chips and perhaps some handling age wear to the surface, but I don't see it. Please see the pictures for this great colorful cheerful piece.
SIZE: Height: 5.9" or 14.98 cm, Diameter 5.5" or 13.97 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.
Kyoto 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 then 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. There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique. Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing,to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged.
It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen.
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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