A bottle encrusted in charred Shino glaze by Kumano Kurouemon enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Bin. Here and there about the surface can be seen kutsuki, areas where other things fused to the flask during the firing and were severed after. He has dimpled the base, so that despite the audacious appearance, it sits firm and flat on the surface.
Size, D 11.4 cm H 18.4 cm
A ceramic madman, oil painter and recluse, Kuroemon is as eccentric as his pottery predicts. Born in Fukui prefecture in 1955 Kuroemon was a painter from youth, he began his studies under Fujita Jurouemon in 1976, and moved to study also under Toda Soshiro. Invited to the Soviet Union he spent time there and in Sakhalin in the 80s, returning to Japan to build his own kiln in 1987. He was the feature of a major exhibition in Germany in 2004, but aside from a few small exhibitions held in Japan (which quickly sell out) he remains a humble artist holed up in his mountain hermitage and works by him are not easy to acquire.