This large Hagi tebachi, handled dish is by Scandinavian transplant and Hagi native; Bertil Nils Persson. Finding its inspiration in early Edo pottery, this tebachi is hand formed out of a rich red Hagi clay with a surface that shows a wide array of varying surface textures and hues over the large surface. Measuring 34 x 22 x 16cm this piece is far larger than it sounds and is in perfect condition with its original signed box. This basket would be great as a decorative piece or used for food or flowers as it appears in the last photo with giant Chrysanthemum blossoms.
Bertil Nils Persson was born in Sweden in 1940 and ended up working for Royal Copenhagen in Denmark prior to a trip he made to Japan. Once in Japan he began an apprenticeship in Hagi and has been there ever since. Highly admired for his decorative and functional work, Persson is considered one of the most popular potters in Hagi and has even received the Distinguished Cultural Service Award (2002) for Hagi City for his efforts to preserve and contribute to the Hagi tradition. His work has been collected around the world and he has sell out exhibitions in Japan with works appearing in a wide variety of books and magazines. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a wonderful vessel that synthesizes the Scandinavian and Japanese traditions effortlessly.