One of the best pieces I have ever seen by this revolutionary artist, a dark flask covered in rivulets of flowing ash by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Tokkuri. Two shell shapes where it was propped in the kiln stare out like eyes on some ethnic mask from the back side, the front awash in a molten ash, tendrils of which wrap around like many fingers. It is breathtaking, and I am already jealous of the lucky soul who will get to keep it.
Size, D 19.2 cm H 19.6 cm
Kakurezaki Ryuichi is one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with the ability to see the clays potential beyond conventional form. He graduated the Osaka University of Fine Arts, then enjoyed a long apprenticeship under Bizen Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun before opening his own kiln in 1986. Combining traditional technique with modern architectural form, He was recipient of the Japan Ceramics Society Award, Grand Prize at the Fifth Contemporary Tea Ceremony Utensils Exhibition, Tanabe Museum and has a list of public and private exhibitions which go beyond this brief add, including a showing in New York this year. His works are held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, National Ceramic Museum of France and the Tanabe Museum among others.