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Just about every facet of Bizens beauty is covered on the sides of this large mimitsuki vase by Kawabata Fumio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Burried in a bank of ash during firing, the piece shows spectacular hi-iro and the dark charing at the base where the ash stuck punctuates the surface like an exclamation point. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Fumio was born in Yokohama city in 1948, far from the traditional kilns of Bizen hundreds of kilometers to the west in Okayama. After studying graphic design he was captivated by the natural landscapes presented by Bizen wares, and in 1974 moved to study pottery at the Ibu-no Kamamoto. His talent was spotted quickly and he was taken in by Kaneshige Riuemon where he was schooled in the gamut of traditional forms and styles. By 1984 he was considered a master potter, and moved to establish his own kiln. Concentrating largely on the personal world of private exhibitions, in 1989 he was given top prize at the Tanabe Museum Cha no Yu Zokei Ten (Sculptural Forms in Tea exhibition), and again was awarded there in 1994 as well as receiving the Okayama Prefectural Governors prize and has been prized at the National Ceramics Biennnale.