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Mercuric silver slides silently down the mottle silver black of this bottle form Oil Spot vase by Unokawa Kazumasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The drainage of silver in precise ribs down the side is quite striking, with the rich black separating slowly into crisply defined spots. The vessel shows a mastery of the Tenmoku-Yuteki technique, one of the most difficult to control. It is over 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. According to Kazumasa, The clay will go where it needs to, and if you follow its lead it will guide you to the form it should naturally become. With this Philosophy one might imagine he works in quite a variety of styles and shapes, and this is indeed the case. Kazumasa was born in 1952, and worked at the Kyoto Industrial Ceramics Research institute until 1977, when he set up his first private kiln in the hills of Nara. This piece dates circa 1990. Spurning the world of loud public competitions, he has concentrated on the quiet personal spaces of private exhibition.