A boat shaped vessel by Kishimoto Kennin of Iga clay covered in green copper glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Oribe Kaki and exhibited at a solo exhibition in Umeda Hankyu Department Store: catalog included. It has a hurricane bow, the lines cut at a diagonal running down from it like froth leading to the wake as it plows forward. It is a powerful work, and as the catalog shows, is excellent for flower arranging. The Takarabune or boat shaped theme is a popular motif in Japan over New Years.
Size, D 35.0 cm H 21.3 cm
Kishimoto Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections.