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Massive Japanese Shino Tsubo, Tamaoki Yasuo

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Massive Japanese Shino Tsubo, Tamaoki Yasuo
A stunning Kake-wake Nezumi Shino Tsubo epitomizing work by Shino specialist Tamaoki Yasuo (b. 1941) enclosed in the original signed and stamped Shiho-Kiri-wood box. Kake-wake refers to the divided glazes applied here. The artist shows an incredible degree of control in glaze application and firing. The white smooth and shiny but for where it overlaps the red, at which point it becomes highly textured with deep pitting from beneath. The vase is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) diameter, roughly the same height, and in perfect condition. Bands of red and thick red tinged white overlay the crackled ashen ground of this heavy piece. It was a piece decorated just like this but without the outturned rim he chose to represent his work in the Dictionary of Modern Ceramic Artists published in 1999, p. 389 (Saishin Gendai Togei Sakka Jiten, ISBN4-7694-0078-0 C-2672). Yasuo was born in Tajimi, one of the homes of Mino ware. He began his path to professional ceramicist at the Tajimi Industrial High School, and a stint at the Gifu Ceramics Research institute, where he followed the footsteps of a number of modern ceramic artist such as Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro, who also began their careers in the same manner. He then apprenticed under Kato Kohe-e before establishing his own kiln. Since his list of exhibitions and awards are too long to list, but include the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition), Best of Show twice at the Tokai Dento Kogei Ten (Tokai Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition), as well as being prized at the Asahi Togei Ten (Asahi Ceramics Exhibition), and receiving the Japan Ceramics Society Award.

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