The size of vase: 8 5/8" High x 3 1/8" Dia top x 3 5/16" Dia bottom. This Shigaraki Flower vase is made by master ceramist Kusube Yaichi ( 1897-1984). It has very unusual and interesting Keshiki by Ash covered finish. It came with Kiriwood Tomobako. The top cover has Japanese writing, "Keijyu" (Celebrating long life, translation). "Kabin" (flower vase). Inside cover has Signature of "Yaichi Saku" (Yaichi made) with his chop seal. It also came with Tomonuno with Yaichi's "Ya" seal on it. There is Yaichi's "Ya" inscription signature on the bottom of vase. The condition of vase excellent, except kiln flaw on the bottom of vase as you see in the center. It is only showing outside. It is not showing inside vase as you see from our photo. We poured the water in the vase and kept water 2 days (48 hours) and no leaking. The vase is made around 1970's when the artist was in 70's.
Kusube Yaichi (1897-1984)
Kusube Yaichi was born to a family of ceramic exporters in Higashiyama, Kyoto Sep. 10th, 1897 and studied ceramics at the Ceramic Institute of Kyoto. In 1920, joined by other aspiring young ceramists, he formed the innovative group Sekidosha (Aka Tsuchi Sha translation in English Red clay co.) manifesting to create ceramics as art objects. He first exhibited at the Teiten (the Imperial Fine Art Exhibition) in 1927, the year when the "works of art" section was first introduced and won the Tokusen (Speciality) prize in 1933. After serving as a judge for the Shin-Bunten (Ministry of Education New Fine Arts Exhibition) and the Nitten (The Japan Fine Art Exhibition) for many years, he became a director in 1969 and a consultant in 1974. Kusube was honoured with the Minister of Education Award in 1951 at the 7th Nitten, the Japan Art Academy Award in 1962 and both the Mainichi Newspaper Art Award and the cultural merit award in 1972. After receiving the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the government, his solo exhibition was successfully held at the Louvre (Museum Des Art Decoratifs) in Paris in 1977. Finally, the Bunka Kunshō, or Order of Cultural Merit, was conferred upon him in 1978. Having studied all kinds of ceramic techniques in Japan, China and Korea and utilising them for his creations, Kusube is regarded as one of the most important ceramic artists of the 20th century. He passed away Dec. 18th, 1984.
1897 Born in Higashiyama, Kyoto prefecture.
1912 Entered Kyoto Ceramic Experimental Station Attached Training Center.
1918 Began ceramics in Sanjo, Kyoto.
1920 Organized a group of ceramists, "Aka tsuchi sha".
1924 Awarded at the Paris Universal Exposition.
1927 Awarded his first prize at Teiten.
1937 Completed "Saien" technique.
1938 Moved to Okazaki, Kyoto prefecture.
1962 Became a member of the Japan Art Academy.
1965 Moved to Yamashina, Kyoto.
1972 Designated as a person of cultural merits by Kyoto city.
1978 Received the Order of Cultural Merit.
1984 Passed away at the age of 87.