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Phenomenal and classic Mino-Iga style vase with unquestionably the finest wood fired surface I have ever seen by Mizuno Takuzo. Large and solitary in its presence, the wide array of textures and coloration paints a unique and powerful form that few can achieve and I doubt I will see a pot with this varied a surface again the ferocity of the firing process is written across the surface. Perfect for use or just as a point of contemplation, this Mino-Iga vase stands alone among the tradition.
Mizuno Takuzo (B.1927) is a veteran Mino potter as well as being a Prefectural Living Treasure. He inherited a significant amount of classic and traditional aesthetics while studying with Kato Kageaki and Ningen Kokuho, Tomimoto Kenkichi. Mizuno Takuzo has been perfecting his craft for well over 50 years and his thoughtful insight in to the potential of the various Mino traditions can be seen in his pottery and this piece in particular. Mizuno's works are broadly exhibited throughout Japan and he is published widely as well. This distinctive hanaire measures 10.5"" x 5.2" and is in perfect condition and comes complete with its original signed box.