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Murakoshi Takuma Pump Hanatsubo Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1464 when inquiring.
A funny little vessel perfect for a few small flowers in the window by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This was sitting on a rock in the center of his garden, exposed under a leafless tree this winter, and I fell in love with the quirky shape. He looked at me very questioningly when I asked him the price, must have thought I was crazy. The vessel is taken from a water pump shape, and thus is called Pompu Hanatsubo (Pump Flower Vase). It partially collapsed in the firing, and leaned up against another vessel for support, creating a most unique vessel. It is 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.
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