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Iron Glaze Vase, Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi

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Swatches of rust, ocher and olive drape over the raw red of this large vessel by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. titled Tetsu-yu Kaki (Metal Glazed Vase). It is quite large at 35 cm (14 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. He established his own kiln in Tochigi prefecture, 1953. He was awarded the JCS (Japan Ceramics Society) award in 1956, and the JCS gold award, perhaps Japans most prestigious pottery prize, in 1975. With a very impressive career both domestic and international, Koichi too was designated a Living National Treasure for work with iron glaze the year before his death, 1986. Works are held in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Brooklyn Museum and the British Museum among many others.