Elegant Shino lugged vase by veteran potter, Ando Hidetake (b. 1938). Thrown and then paddled ovoid, this simple tea ceremony vase was made of Mino mogusa clay and once stiff, the foot was hand carved to produce a fitting oval foot to compliment the form. There are wispy traces of iron under the crisp white Shino glaze meant to insinuate grasses and stemmed flowers in an ethereal Momoyama ink painting inspired manner. The form though modern, traces its roots back to the classical Momoyama era when tea ceremony and other arts were in a burgeoning renaissance. This vase measures 10.25" x 5.25" x 4.5" is in perfect condition and comes complete with its original signed box.
Ando was part of a ceramic family and beginning in 1960, he started an apprenticeship with the Homeric and legendary pottery figure, Kato Tokuro. Ando works in a wide array of Mino traditions which include Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto and Seto-Guro. He became a Prefectural Living Treasure in 2003 and his works are collected by a number of museums around the world. He has also exhibited widely and is published in a vast number of catalogues and books.