The only item of Wakao Toshisada in our collection!!! Handsome Nezumi Shino Chawan by great artist Wakao Toshisada, enclosed in its original double wooden box.
Patterns of flowers in pink on iron shaded with blue-grey on this bowl is a Toshisada special, a quality for which is is unsurpassed. A member of the Japan Crafts Association since 1970, Wakao has made a speciality out of so-called Grey Shino wares. Grey Shino wares were a relatively unusual product made at only a small number of Momoyama period kilns. The original technique involved the application of iron slip over a white stoneware body and the subsequent cutting away of areas of the slip coating to reveal the underlying clay. When covered in Shino glaze and fired, the revealed areas would show white and the areas coated in iron slip would show grey. Where the glaze was thin the grey tended towards red. Although in technical terms Wakao's work makes reference to Momoyama period tea wares, his imagery derives from Japanese literary traditions celebrated in the work of artists and designers of the Rinpa school. The combination of motifs on his art is suggestive of autumnal melancholy and a sense of loss and desolation.
Toshisada was born in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, home of Mino pottery, in 1933. He was first recognized at the New Crafts Exhibition of 1960, the first year he was first exhibited at the Central Japan Art Exhibition. Three years later he made his debut at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, following in 1965 with the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. In 1971 he first exhibited with the Nihon Togeiten (All Japan Ceramics Exhibition) and was awarded the following year for the New Mino Artists Prize, gathering acclaim as a leader in the field.
After many domestic and international exhibitions he was awarded the Kato Kohei prize in 1986. Then he was recipient of prestigious Japan Ceramics Society Award in 1989. He was named an intangible cultural asset of Tajimi City in 1995, and of Gifu Prefecture in 2003.
Works by this superb artist are held in the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Freer Gallery and the Sackler among many, many others.
Please note that works of him are hard to find on the market.
Size: 8,6 cm height x 13,8 cm in diameter. Mint condition.