The Size of Bizen Tokkuri: 7 1/16” High x 4 1/2” Dia. This is very attractive Japanese Bizen Yaki(ware) Tokkuri done by well known artist, Inoue Takeshi. The tokkuri is the shape of Hyotan(gourd). Tokkuri came with Tomobako. The cover written in Japanese, “Bizen”, “Tokkuri”, and “Takeshi Zo” (Takshi made) in lower left side. It also came with Tomonuno (matching cloth) with seal of Takeshi. Plus his biography in Japanese. The condition of Tookuri excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. There is inscription signature of Takeshi. Kanji is “Shi”. Dating this tokkuri from Show 53, 1978 since the leaflet dated end at that time.
He was born in Bizen City, 1931. After he finished the formal training at Bizen Pottery Craft Center. He has been very active. Since his work was accepted in No.22 nd Prefectual Show, 1971. His works has been accepted every year at that exhibition. He entered his work same year into Japan Traditional Art and Crafts Show and his work was accepted every year too. Since then he has been holding many one man show at Osaka Mitsukoshi Department, as well as other parts of Japanese Exhibtion. His work was purchased by Urasenke Iemoto in 1972. He is still actively making Bizen Yaki.
Bizen Yaki (Bizen ware) is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable by its ironlike hardness, reddish brown color, absence of glaze (though there can be traces of molten ash looking like glaze), and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing. Bizen is named after the village of Imbe in Okayama prefecture, formerly known as Bizen province. This artwork is Japan's oldest pottery making technique, introduced in the Heian period. Bizen is one of the six remaining kilns of medieval Japan. Bizen clay bodies have a high iron content and, traditionally, much organic matter that is unreceptive to glazing. The clay can take many forms.
Imbe, Bizen climbed kiln of Bizen-yaki
The surface treatments of Bizen wares are entirely dependent on yohen, or "kiln effects." Pine ash produces goma, or "sesame seed" glaze spotting. Rice straw wrapped around pieces creates red and brown scorch marks. The placement of pieces in a kiln causes them to be fired under different conditions, with a variety of different results. Considering that one clay body and type of firing is used, the variety of results is remarkable. Because of the clay composition, Bizen wares are fired slowly over a long period of time. Firings take place only once or twice a year. They require the wood fire to be kept burning for 10-14 days involving long hours and tons of wood. (from Wikipedia).