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A fine example of Chosen Karatsu by important artist Nishioka Koju enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Nishioka Koju (1918-2006) was born in Saga prefecture, and after participating in kiln research began working in Karatsu style ceramics around 1950 in a kiln he built that was named by Koyama Fujio. To this kiln came Fujiwara Kei and Arakawa Toyozo, the latter from whom he received the name Koju. He always avoided the world of large scale exhibitions in favor of small personal spaces, always preferring the private exhibition. Despite this, his reputation was impeccable and he was rated as one of the most influential people in Japanese ceramics by Honoho Magazine. His work is contained in the Polk museum, the Cleveland Museum as well as many other important collections. He is one of the most highly valued of the Karatsu artists.