A spray of flowers is engraved into this slip-glazed vessel by Avant-Garde Fujihira Shin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tal, 5 inches (13 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Born in 1922 into a pottery in Kyoto, Shin was heavily influenced in his free style by the Master Kawai Kanjiro from whom his family rented kiln space. He watched diligently the processes of this eclectic artist, who worked not only in Ceramics but in many areas of the arts. An unfortunate illness placed Shin in hospital for several years, and on the brink of death, he stared intensely at the pleasures in the simple things around him and began to sketch. Upon leaving the hospital he worked as a copper engraver before returning to his father’s kiln and working under Kiyomizu Rokube VI. All of these artistic elements, potting, sketching, engraving, and a sense of Child-like joy imbue his art with a sense of wonder. He has displayed at the Nitten National Exhibition where he won the Hokusho prize among others. The respect for this artist is shown in his prominence in museum collections, including The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. He was also voted one of the top ten most important ceramic artists today and issue 77 of Honoho was devoted to him. He passed away in 2012.