Here is a rare work reflecting the shape and character of the O-tsubo of this famous artist but in a more manageable size, a divine Tsubo by Tsujimura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shizen-Yu Tsubo. The shape is organic, like a fruit or squash, with warm, rich coloration. Darkness stains the side like water which has poured incessantly from the rim for years, blackening the earth with minerals. Beads of feldspar bubble out of the surface, testament to its origin and a single bidoro drip of glass clings to the base, running down from a splash of crackled green. A exemplary piece for exploring and appreciating the various kiln effects of Shigaraki clay and ash firing.
Size, D 20.8 cm H 20.4 cm
Tsujimura Shiro was born in Nara in 1947, and began his steps into the art world as an oil painter. While living at a Buddhist temple he experienced a profound connection with a Korean Tea Bowl, and began potting. He is highly acclaimed and somewhat reclusive, avoiding the public spectacles often needed to make one in Japan. His work has been exhibited throughout the globe, and is in the collection of any number of important institutions.