Ash is blasted around the stately form of this tall Tsutsu-gata vase by legendary potter Tsujimura Shiro enclosed in the original wooden box titled Iga Mimitsuki Hanaike and signed by the artist in the lower left corner. It is as if his exuberance got the better of him, the characters beginning so stark and bold, running into a jumble of strokes as he culminates with the character life (ike), like the final crescendo in this opera of clay, fire and joy.
Size, W 13.5cm (5.3 inches) H 25.5cm ( 10 inches)
Tsujimura Shiro was born in Nara in 1947, and began his steps into the art world as an oil painter. While living at a Buddhist temple he experienced a profound connection with a Korean Tea Bowl, and began potting. He is highly acclaimed and somewhat reclusive, avoiding the public spectacles often needed to make one in Japan.