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A massive pottery platter with dramatic slashes of color on pale glaze by Warren McKenzie purchased at an exhibition held in Tokyo in 1989 (photocopies of catalog accompany the sale). Potters from around the world come to work and study in Japan, and these offerings were very possibly fired here in Mashiko judging by glaze and style. This platter is 18 inches (46 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Warren McKenzie is one of American Pottery’s most influential figures. A proponent of the Mingei ideal of utilitarian design and function, he studied directly under Bernard Leach, the father of modern Studio pottery. Through this figure he came under the influence of Soetsu Yanagi and Hamada Shoji, leaders of the Mingei Philosophy in Japan whom he met in America at the age of 28. His traditional wheel thrown stoneware pots are simply glazed and reduction fired, following the Japanese style, and yet belie a cunning and spirit far beyond their seeming haphazard decoration. McKenzie taught at the University of Minnesota from 1952, and works from his studio in Stillwater Minnesota. He is considered one of the most important figures of the 20th century in the pottery world. He fathered many important pupils who have carried on in his shadow, and is a prize to have in any collection. These works were sold at a private exhibition the artist held in Japan in