The Mino region of Japan has been renowned for centuries for producing high-quality Shino, Oribe, Seto-guro, along with the style shown here, ki-Seto, or “yellow” Seto. The creator, Hori Ichiro, is one of the most acclaimed among Mino potters, tirelessly producing splendid works while continuing to use traditional methods passed down from other great potters before him. The lush yellow glaze seen here is applied thickly, pooling beautifully around the unglazed foot of the bowl—proudly highlighting the fine clay used in its construction.
Born in 1952 in Gifu, Hori Ichiro had the good-fortune of being the grandson of potting legend and National Living Treasure Arakawa Toyozo. From a young age Hori took up the art of potting and at 19 became apprenticed to Kato Kozo—former student of Arakawa—who himself would later go on to be named a National Living Treasure. In 1984 Hori established an anagama kiln in Mizunami and later in 1997 moved his studio to Ogusa village. He has won numerous awards including the Governors prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibtion, and has displayed works at the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten as well as the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten. His works are highly regarded and sought after by collectors both domestically and abroad and gallery prices in Japan tend to be in the ¥250,000 - ¥350,000 range ($2,250 - $3,150).
In fine condition, this piece is 4.3 inches in diameter (10.8 cm) and stands 3.6 inches tall (9.2 cm). It bears the artist’s signature on the base of the kodai and comes with its original signed and stamped tomobako. In the box there is a protective cloth bearing Hori’s seal and an insert in Japanese detailing his career as a potter. International shipping and insurance is included in the price.