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A rare and expressive example by the highly sought Tanaka Sajiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chossen Karatsu Hana-ire. Every aspect of this work is unique, the slightest change in viewing point gives new insight into the work and the artist who created it. Rich green spreads like wet moss on one side, rust and dark iron pin-holed and distraught, form a base. Above drapes pale Chossen Karatsu colors and an unusual pair of handles cling to the side. If you get tired of looking at it, just turn the vase 30 degrees for an entirely new vantage. A vase which would be hard to grow tired of..
Size, D 14.5 cm H 24.6 cm
Tanaka Sajiro was born in 1937 in Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu and was raised among the collective wares of Karatsu. After a brief racing career, he initially began researching something much older than Karatsu wares around him, with a keen interest in Jomon and Yayoi potteries of the ancient times. While making his dawning steps as a potter in the mid ‘60s, he participated in archeological digs throughout the Japanese archipelago. With time his interest extended to Zen and then Sado, the way of Tea and other scholarly arts. He was granted a Buddhist name in 1975, and the same year established his kiln in Karatsu. From 1979 he studied under Kato Tokuro. Oddly, despite his acclaim, from there his life has been a series of excavations, studies at temples and Zen retreats furthering his practices in painting, calligraphy, flower arranging and Tea, and travel in search of the roots of his pottery tradition.