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Contemporary Shizen-yu Vase by Takeyoshi Hirokazu

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Contemporary Shizen-yu Vase by Takeyoshi Hirokazu
Who would imagine on a visit to the far reaches of Shikoku you could run into one of Japan’s preeminent masters of Shizen-yu Natural Ash Glaze?! That is exactly what will happen if you make your way to the upper reaches of the Shimanto River in Kochi prefecture, where you will find Takeyoshi Hirokazu and his Dragon kiln. Here the thick natural glaze has encrusted the surface, powder in some places, beads of glass in others, with the foot darkly charred black on one side where it was buried in ash. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated within Hatsugama (first of the kiln) 1998. The vase is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in fine condition. Born in Kochi in 1950, Hirokazu worked his way into the department of Architecture of Waseda university, one of Japan’s premier Ivy league schools. However, eschewing a promising career, in 1975, he quit school and began touring Kiln sites, settling under Ogawa Tetsuo in Kumamoto. Two years later he returned to Shimanto. Inspired by his research at the Hayashitani Kin ruins, he established a Kamakura-era style Dragon Kiln in 1981. A dragon kiln is a single chamber climbing kiln, the origins of which lie in China. Since he has created a consistent following in the world of private exhibitions, his low production/high quality work is hard to find outside of one of these exhibits, unless you would like to go for a drive…Shimanto is only 8 hours away…

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