Massive natural ash glazed Shigaraki flower vase made by veteran potter Takahashi Rakusai IV.
Born in 1925, Takahashi Rakusai IV is one the most notorious Shigaraki ceramists of modern times.
He was awarded with Intangible Cultural Property title in 1976.
Currently his son Takahashi Rakusai V is in charge of the family kiln.
Shigaraki ware belongs to one of the Six Old Kilns in Japan and originates from Koga town in Shiga Prefecture.
It was Juko Murata (1423-1502), the founder of tea ceremony, who valued the modest beauty of unglazed pottery and simplicity of Wabi Sabi aesthetics.
Among the unique features of Shigaraki ware there are colour shades and patterns of red, brown and pink obtained by the firing due to the fire-resistant coarse soil as well as the dark tones of burnt by natural glaze. This rusty glaze on the scorched portions of Shigaraki ware is highly appreciated.
No chips, no cracks.
Supplied with original box.