This splendid tokkuri (sake pouring vessel) was made by one of Japan’s most talented contemporary female potters: Watanabe Aiko. Though she usually makes Iga-yaki (Ika ware), this time, she has challenged herself to create potteries from Echizen clay. This particular piece is part of a series of works made with that clay. The Echizen pottery tradition, from the ancient Echizen province (current Fukui prefecture) is considered one of the six oldest in Japan. Mrs. Watanabe has again succeeded in making very attractive pieces that bear her mark of craftsmanship, honesty and are true to the traditions.
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Watanabe Aiko, a recognized artist and one of the master potters of Iga, was born in 1971 in Osaka. She graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Art in 1992 and went on to study Shigaraki pottery. In 2001, she established a kiln in the city of Iga, a historical pottery center, not far from Kyoto. She now has three kilns there and exposes regularly in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. She has been featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Honoho Geijutsu (the leading Japanese publication on ceramics).
The tokkuri is signed and in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box (please allow a few weeks before the box is made and signed). Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 cm (3.4 x 4 in); weight: 290g (10.2 oz)
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