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A Japanese Studio Brush Pot on Three Legs - Signed

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A Japanese Studio Brush Pot on Three Legs - Signed
This is a strikingly handsome Japanese brush pot mounted on three legs. The interior appears to have been made with the techniques known as salt glazing as is a soft greenish gray color. The outside appears to be ash glazed with the typical uneven colors caused by the placement of the piece in the kiln as the ash blows through the kiln. Or, it could be a variety of Raku-ware.

The exterior has as multi colored matte color ranging from tan to almost purple. On one side a long drip of thick green glaze hangs down. There are three impressed small squares – one of which has what is either the pottery or the potter’s mark. We have not been successful in identifying it. If you look closely at the areas on the base where the three legs join the body, we think that the legs were made separately and then luted onto the base. The piece measures 5 ¾” diameter and is 2 ½” deep. We date it to the 1960s-70s.

Clearly we are not positive of the type of pottery this is made of – regardless we do find it to be quite unique and aesthetically pleasing. It is possible that it was made at either the Mashiko or the Leach kilns that we established by Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach in Japan and England.

Special methods of glazing are sometimes carried out in the kiln. One example is salt-glazing, where common salt is introduced to the kiln to produce a glaze of mottled, orange peel texture. Materials other than salt are also used to glaze wares in the kiln, including sulfur. In wood-fired kilns fly-ash from the fuel can produce ash-glazing on the surface of wares.

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