This is an Oribe pouring bowl with a triangular spout and a tall rattan covered bamboo handle. The bowl is in the traditional colors of Oribe with a light tan glaze – a section of very thick dripping greenish blue and a design of hatched lines in iron brown. The bowl measures 6 1/4” diameter at the top and is 2 ¼” high at the rim. It is in excellent condition – no signature. We date it to the late Meiji to early Showa period, circa 1910-1930s.
Oribe ware 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).
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. 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.