Curvelicious; I am not certain that is a real word but aptly defines this evasive form of this Koro incense burner by Tamba superstar Ichino Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Senmon Koro. Refined elegance in coloration and line, a removable lid allows access to the ash-chamber where incense cones could be burned.
Size, W 17.4 cm (7 inches) H 8.6 cm (3-1/2 inches). H with lid 11.8 cm (4-3/4 inches)
The youngest winner ever at the 13th National Ceramic Exhibition (Nihon Togeiten), Ichino Hiroyuki is a powerhouse in Tamba, bringing that long forgotten corner of Japan’s ceramic realm back into the limelight. He was born in Sasayama, heart of Tamba, in 1961, and studied in Kyoto under Imai Masayuki, and under his father Ichino Shinsui. He established his own kiln in 1988, and in 1995 caught the worlds attention with his work “Kai” at the 13th Nihon Togeiten. In 99 his work was selected for the Japanese Ceramic Exhibition Tour sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and that was the first of many overseas exhibits featuring his work. In 2006 he received the JCS award (Japan Ceramic Society prize), one of the most coveted in Japan, and in 2009 received the grand prize at the Tanabe Museum Modern forms in Tea Exhibition. He is held in the collection of the V&A, New Orleans Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Tanabe Museum and Japan Foundation among many others.