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A large Hakuji vase by Shirakata Yasuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Yasuhiko is well known for these shapes. The mark of a true master, he has created a vase with absolutely no pretense. There is no decoration to rely on, no sculpting for impact, a simple white body, perfectly formed without a single flaw. Sitting on one of our black lacquered tables it is most impressive, and far outshines many of the more precocious pieces in the room. It would take a great deal of confidence and some heart to create a piece like this in the modern age when sculptural qualities take precedence over skill. The vase is 16 inches (40 cm) diameter, 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Yasuhiko was born in 1939 in Gohonmatsu,Tobe-cho, one of the most important kiln sites on the island of Shikoku. In 1955 he began his apprenticeship at the Goshoen kiln. Working variously with kilns for the next fifteen years, he established the Hachizui kiln in 1970. For his dedication to Tobe-yaki, he was officially granted the title of Traditional craftsman (Dento Kogeishi) in 1981. He works in both sometsuke and Hakuji wares, but is considered a leading expert in Hakuji. He succeeded in making the largest Tobe-yaki Tsubo ever in 1980 and the largest dish ever in 1984.