This large and imposing Oribe mizusashi was made by long time Mino potter, Hayashi Shotaro. Thrown out of a fine Mino clay, much of the surface was cut away to create a surface of wonderful flat planes and rough areas of faceted clay which was then glaze in Hayashi's rich Oribe glaze. The surface shows a wonderful array of tonal variations with areas of deep greens and thinner areas showing almost to the buff of the clay. The lid is thrown and also cut away to create a well matched surface and angular and purposeful knob and sits wonderfully in the deep set recess which also plays host to several deep green drips that are suspended defying both gravity and time.
There is much that has been written about Hayashi Shotaro who apprenticed with his brother, Kotaro and a lot can be found across the web but let it suffice to say that he is one of the most important living Mino masters today. The pot is prominently signed on the bottom and still has a gallery exhibition sticker attached but the box is nowhere to be found and this wonderful mizusashi is priced accordingly though other Oribe from this time period sold for 1.3 million yen. In great, original condition and measure 24 x 21.5cm and is a much larger piece than the dimensions alone would indicate. All in all a wonderful show piece made by an inspired potter.