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Kakehana Shigaraki Wall Vase by Takahashi Rakusai

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Kakehana Shigaraki Wall Vase by Takahashi Rakusai
Ash darkens the charred end of this tapering hanging vase by Takahashi Rakusai enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Ko-kugi Kake-hana-ire (Hanging Vase in shape of Old Nail). Show-casing many of the great aspects of Shigaraki in one piece; Green melted ash glaze covers most of the body, the underside of the opening raw terracotta and the base charred and black with shiseki inclusions bubbling up throughout. It is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) long and in excellent condition.
Born in 1927, the second son of renowned potter Takahashi Rakusai III in Shigaraki, Shunsai left home to study under Taniguchi Ryosai in Kyoto before returning to Shigaraki to pursue his studies of Shigaraki styles specifically under his father and spent the better part of two decades working from that studio. He established his own kiln in 1968. He has been displayed at the Nitten, Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Togei ten (National Ceramics Exhibition), Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, as well as a long list of private exhibitions at Japanís top galleries. He has been often prized as a master of Shigaraki, and has been designated a Shiga Prefectural Intangable Cultural Property (Treasure) in 1995.

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