This lovely Bizen ware is called Kogo / incense container used for Japanese tea ceremony. The shape is a seed of wisteria suitable for tea ceremony in autumn / winter. This is the work of a potter Yoshimoto Shuho. Shuho was born in 1938 in Okayama prefecture and studied pottery under Fujita Yoshiro. After Shuho became independent, he first produced Bizen ware for 10 years. Later he became attracted to the beauty of natural grace of Sue ware (type of unglazed pottery made from the middle of the Kofun era through the Heian era (794-1185)) and devoted himself to revival of beautiful Sue ware and became the only potter of Sue ware in Bizen.
The piece comes with an original paulownia wood signed box. The inscription reads Bizen Fujinomi Kogo Shuho. The artist mark is shown on the bottom of the Kogo. It is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.18 in x 2.75 in (3cm x 7cm)