The swirling designs are like ritual tattoos from some long lost aboriginal tribe on the dark sides of this amazing work by important female artist Kitamura Junko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Vessel. She has covered the surface with these designs, thousands of tiny dots, each one an essential part of the pattern. The execution is flawless, perfect form and symmetry, precision to perfection in the design. An original black wooden lid allows it to work as a mizusashi, while the size could also allow it to be used as a vase, and the open ended title agrees. This is indeed a rare opportunity.
Size, D 30.3 cm H 19.8 cm
Kitamura Junko learned under the tutelage of Suzuki Osamu and Kondo Yutaka of the influential Sodeisha. Like Mashiko artist Shimaoka Tatsuzo, her work is influenced by Jomon pottery, however her approach is very different. After impressing patterns into the clay with bamboo and firing once with a dark slip, the impressions are painstakingly filled with white slip, defining the pattern, and fired again. Works by the artist are held in many public collections, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Houston Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum of Art among many others.