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The lower half of a blackened enso dips from the rim on a backdrop of gray crackled glazing interspersed with auburn highlights. Rising up from below into the enso, frothy waves crash on rocks giving the impression of movement, power, and the indomitable forces of nature.
Born in Gifu Prefecture in the region known for Mino pottery, Wakao is the quintessential example of a self-taught potter who cultivated a unique style and achieved wide recognition despite no formal training. After many domestic and international exhibitions including showings in Stockholm and London, he was designated an cultural intangible asset by the city of his birth, Taijimi, and later by Gifu prefecture. His pieces are highly sought after and examples of his work reside in museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Freer and Sackler Galleries to name a few.
This piece is 4 inches in diameter (10.3 cm) and stands 3.8 inches tall (9.7 cm). In excellent condition, it bears the artist’s signature on the base, comes with a sealed and signed box (tomobako) and an outside protective box, and contains an insert in Japanese detailing Wakao’s career and the kiln. ** Fully insured international shipping is included in the price.