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Casually thrown and slightly altered Momoyama inspired Oni-Shino mizusashi by Kajiura Soshu (b. 1916). Showing a wide array of surface variations including a thick Shino with large areas of an iron red and the bulk of the pot covered in deposited ash from an intense wood firing where the ash and Shino have fused together a rich jade green surface prevails both inside and out of the mizusashi. The has a ground down clamshells where the pot stood and there are flows of melted ash, bidoro, Shino and iron around the base of the pot and over the dropping lip where the lid sits. Kajiura has carved decoration (kanji?) strategically around the pot to animate the form and the glazes. There are several firing cracks on the pronounced lip of the pot which are glazed over, not sharp and do not affect the stability of the piece.
Kajiura Soshu (Shintaro), born in 1916, he is from Ichinomiya City in Aichi prefecture and studied with Hayashi Sekko and Kimura Giichi and is known to have been active through the Heisei era. Besides making pottery, he also did calligraphy and paintings. This mizusashi was wood fired, with a level of skill that indicates a wonderful proficiency with that style of firing and was definitely made after 1972 and indicates another Mino potter working outside the conventional box of modern Shino.
This mizusashi comes complete with its original signed box, measures 22cm x 18 cm and appears to be in unused original condition.