Perhaps you have already tried to find one of the rare pieces of Ando Minoru. I guess you did not find it on the free market. Today you will find it here. A quite spectacular vase made in the form of a dark iron glazed Tokoname pot inside a shattered crucible by multi-talented Ando Minoru enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Intentional or not Ando is not talking. The vase certainly exudes the Japanese aesthetic of lack of intention. The dark smooth iron clashes violently with the rough and decimated clay of the crucible, a very powerful statement. The vase is roughly 8-1/2 inches tall, the same diameter.
Ando was born 1927 in Aichi prefecture, Home of Seto. Starting in painting, which may explain his sense of drama and movement in his pottery, he was awarded at the 1957 Kokuga Kai National Painting exhibition, after which he moved into work at the Gifu City Ceramic Research Facility located to Gifu, in the heart of Mino country.
He opened his kiln in TeirinJi Temple in 1973, working as a multi-genre artist in ceramics, painting (both oil and Japanese) and calligraphy.
Five years later he opened a kiln in the Gifu city Ceramics Village. In 1985 he began travelling, incorporating influences from the various cultures into his unique sense of design. He is displayed annually in private exhibitions in Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka.