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Oribe is a visual style named after the late-16th-century tea master Furuta Oribe (1544-1615). Typically, black or green glazes are applied to asymmetrical clay bodies and light-colored windows are created using feldspar. These high-contrast areas then act as a canvases upon which abstract, minimalistic, and often naturalistic themes are painted.
Unmistakably modern, this unique water jug used for tea ceremony (mizusashi) pushes the bounds of traditional Oribe into new territory by combining black and green glazes on the same surface (very difficult as these require significantly differing firing techniques), and by introducing atypical color schemes and symbology to produce something with a decidedly more avant-garde and upbeat feel than traditional wares.
The creator of this work Nakashima Katsunori (1963-2014) gained his unique style and mastery of Oribe first through dedicated study when he was young, then by way of a unique life path in his middle years, and later through the influence of several modern giants of Japanese pottery including Ryoji Koie and Goro Suzuki. The influence of Suzuki is especially evident in this piece and the wide vertical bars and red marking may be attributable to stylistic influences he undoubtedly gained from years spent living in Toluca, Mexico.
In excellent condition, this piece is 6.7 inches at its widest point (17 cm) and stands 8 inches tall (20.3 cm). In excellent condition, it bears Nakashima’s signature on the base and comes with its signed original box (tomobako). On the top of the box lid is written in Spanish “El Vasita Para Agua” or, “vessel for holding water.” On the inside of the box lid is written, オリベ水差 (Oribe Mizusashi). ** International shipping and insurance included in the price.