This remarkable vase has a spectacular appearance and seems to emulate unscalable cliffs of epic design. Each one of its faces offers a different view. One can get lost in its contemplation, as the path to its full appreciation remains hidden, but it keeps on inviting spectators. This majestic piece is an allegory to life. It is an ideal accessory for a tea ceremony room, as the variety of its faces will harmoniously fit every season of the year.
The vase was made by Suzuki Tomio, who is, in my opinion, one of the best Shino potters in Japan. In spite of the difficulty of making Shino ware, which has a very high loss rate, he has proven to be one of its masters. Born in Kyoto in 1948, Suzuki Tomio established his first kiln in the southern suburbs of Kyoto, in the Yawata district, in 1988 and since 1989 specializes only in Shino-yaki. He has held expositions at major venues in Japan and has been the recipient of several awards. He is also featured in books which recognize contemporary Japanese ceramists.
The vase is signed and in perfect condition. It comes with a signed box.
Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 14.5 cm (5.4 in x 5.8 in), Weight 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
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