Like some giant medieval Lug, this solid form displays strength of purpose and somehow a devotion to all those Mizuashi that came before it; by Harada Shuroku and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Bizen Mizusashi. Dark and awe inspiring, it shows to dramatic effect the path of flame in the kiln through the streaks of crusted ash and hi-iro on the sides interspersed with Shiso-iro gray-purple clay.
Size, W 18.1cm x 23.1cm (7-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches) H 19.1 cm (7-1/2 inches)
A graduate of the prestigious Meiji University Agricultural Department, Harada Shuroku began to work with clay in 1969. He eschews the world of public exhibitions for the intimacy of private viewings. He is recipient of the Japan Ceramics Society Award, one of the most coveted and meaningful in Japan.