Nothing I can say can convey the rugged beauty locked up of this Oribe Mizusashi, signed and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Matsuzaki Ken is one of the most important potters in Japan, born in Tokyo in 1950.
He graduated from the Fine Arts Ceramic Department at Tamagawa University in 1972, and moved to Mashiko to take up an apprenticeship under Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo, putting him in direct lineage with Mingei legend Hamada Shoji.
In 1978 he established is own kiln, Yu-Shin (Playful Spiri), initially emulating the ordinary Mashiko-Mingei themes. However he could not be labeled so easily, and has sought expression in many forms and themes, including Oribe,Shino, Hakeme, Yakishime, Zogan and porcelain.
He is widely exhibited both inside and outside Japan, including New York, Boston and England and including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Works by the artist are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sackler Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, Israel Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ibaraki Prefectura.
This Mizusashi is a solitary piece of art.