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Deep gouges are torn from the terracotta walls of this thickly potted Iga vase by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. One side shows bare earth, the other bright red flame-licked clay. Overall a very powerful presentation, fulfilling all our expectations from this important artist. The vessel is almost 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in perfect condition. The artists mark is engraved into the base. Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections.