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This subtle, yet impressive mizusashi is by modern Karatsu legend; Nakazato Takeshi (b. 1937). This rounded, bowl shaped mizusashi is coated in a velvety layer of green ash with several areas of flashed iron red hi-iro and a patch of glassy bidoro where the piece faced the assaulting fire from Takeshi’s Ryutagama wood kiln. This pot was created slightly out of round and has a wonderful custom made roiro black lacquer lid to finish of the piece. The bottom of the pot is smoothly finished and prominently signed and further shows off the wonderful landscape and firing that Nakazato Takeshi is well known for.
Born the fifth son of Living National Treasure Karatsu potter; Nakazato Muan. Takeshi first rose to prominence when he worked with Koyama Fujio on Tanegashima Island making unglazed yakishime pottery which he continues to do to this day. Takeshi is known internationally and has taught and exhibited around the world. His works have been collected by public and private institutions and museums all over the world and he has been published in numerous books and catalogues. Nakazato is well known for his love of classic and baroque music which he plays as he works and this mizusashi has that sense to it.
This mizusashi is in excellent condition and comes complete with its signed storage box and lacquer lid. It measures just over 8” across and about 5” tall without the lid. This is a truly evocative pot by one of Japanese greatest ceramic personalities and is a classic example of his work and a major piece at that.