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Matsui Tomoyuki Silver Bizen Ginsai Tsubo 1990


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A striking large Tsubo in silvered Bizen ware by innovative Bizen artist Matsui Tomoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Ginsai Tsubo and dating circa 1990. It exhibits all the features of great Bizen, the smooth clay struck with flashes of darker color. The sense is that of seeing a Bizen Tsubo in an old tintype photograph, a most unique approach. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Matsui Tomoyuki is one of the leading ceramic artist of Bizen and was designated an Okayama prefectural Intangible Cultural Asset in 1996 (the prefectural version of a living national treasure). Born an outsider to the Bizen community in 1931, he hails from Kumamoto prefecture, on the Southern Island of Kyushu. He graduated the National Kyoto Ceramics Research Institut in 1950, and then studied under Morino Kako. In 1960 he moved to Bizen to work in the Okayama prefectural Bizen Pottery Center. While there he was first selected for the Japan Traditional Arts & Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogeiten) in 1966 and subsequently for the first National Ceramic Art Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten) in 1971. He left the ceramics facility and established his own kiln in Bizen in 1973. Although it would not have been easy as an outsider, he was granted the Kaneshige Toyo Prize in 1980, one of the most important awards available to Bizen potters. That same year his “Bizen Ginsai O-zara Platter (in the same style as this piece) was taken in to the collection of Ise Jingu Shrine. The following year he would receive the Okayama prefectural culture service prize. The next decade would see many aards and an effort on private exhibitions as well as many public events culminating with him serving as Judge of the Okayama prefectural Art Exhibition. Throughout the 90s his contributions to the art world would gain recognition being designated a holder of Intangible Cultural Assets in 1996 and then named an Okayama Prefectural Intangible Cultural Asset in 1997. That same year his work was exhibited as part of a group exhibition at the French National Ceramics Art Musuem, He was granted the Okayama prefectural culture prize in 1998. With a new century he established a new Kiln, completing construction in 2001 and his carreer would continue garnering prizes and his influence on subsequent generations of Bizen potters would become apparent.