Distinctly fired mizusashi resembling stacked stones, this Sueki influenced Shigaraki mizusashi is absolutely timeless having the appearance of a piece medieval pot or a modern, abstract sculpture based on stones placed on top of one another. Made by Takahashi Makoto this feudal pot was fired in an anagama where it partially sat in a charcoal bed imbuing the piece with a variety of grey and stone colors with areas of rich ash having a pate-de-verre style surface at several points. Though fiercely fired, this pot withstood the rigors of the intense firing and is all the better for it. The potter had a custom lacquer lid created for the mizusashi which gives the piece two very distinct looks for a variety of uses.
This pot was made by Mashiko veteran potter Takahashi Makoto who studied with master potter, Hamada Shoji and he has gone on to create a variety of styles including his pursuit of wood fired Shigaraki pottery of which this piece is an excellent example. Takahashi is widely exhibited and published including in the book, MASHIKO (1999) in which the pottery presented is all wood fired Shigaraki pieces.
This mizusashi comes complete with its original signed wood box, custom lacquer lid and is in great original condition and measures approximately 21cm x 15.5cm.
I put up a short slideshow video of this piece on Youtube which you can find by doing a search for Takahashi Makoto.