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A strong form has been carved from this block of rough shigaraki clay, a seven sided vessel absent of glaze yet filled with the vibrant colors and textures of the kiln. It is an early work by Shigaraki star Kohyama Yasuhisa amd comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 7 inches (18 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) across and is in fine condition.
Yasuhisa was born in Shigaraki and grew up among the kilns. After working in ceramics design and industrial kilns, he established the first anagama to be opened in Shigaraki in modern times in 1968. It is he who can be credited with the boom in revisiting the submerged kilns throughout Japan that has given so much to contemporary ceramics here, and he has developed a great many kilns in and around the Shigaraki valley since. He is held in the Cleveland Museum of Arts among others.