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A thick green shizen-yu ash glaze covers the form of this heavy walled Shigaraki pot by important artist Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Never redundant, the Shigaraki clay bursts colorful under the intense flame. Tea‚’-drops of green glass wrap liquid about the body, exposing the red burnt clay and shell forms left where it sat on its side in the kiln. The vessel is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) tall and in perfect condition, dating circa 1995. Shiro was born in 1936, and studied first in Kyoto under Kiyomizu Kyubei and Shofu Eichi before moving to Shigaraki in 1973, where he took up apprenticeship under Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi. He has participated in the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National crafts Exhibition) as well as innumerable private exhibitions both domestic and International, and was named an Intangible Cultural Asset of Shigaraki in 1990. His work is held in both the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Smithsonian among others.