Iga Sculpture by Fujioka Shuhei

$ 3,000
  • Description
    Iga Sculpture by Fujioka Shuhei dating back about 30 years and from a private Tokyo Collection.
    In the original signed box in perfect condition.

    After viewing a celebrated medieval mizusashi, FUJIOKA SHŪHEI chose to pursue Iga-ware pottery. To study this ancient technique, he apprenticed with the only practitioner of Iga ware in the 1970s, Kosei Tanimoto (b. 1916). While Fujioka eventually separated himself from his master’s traditional forms, producing designs of a more bold and vigorous nature, his ceramics still exhibit mittsu no keshiki, or the three landscapes: biddoro (from Portuguese vidro for glass), accumulations of ash that become molten and turn to glass, often referred to as dragonfly eye; hi-iro, emphasizing the natural quality and color of the clay; and koge, burned areas of the clay from firing. Such characteristics can only be achieved through the risky process of natural wood firing for over three days. With much attrition during such a rigorous process, those works that ultimately do survive manifest the beautiful effects on the local clay that emerges from the extreme heat of the kiln. Fujioka has mastered the delicate dance between tradition and modernity in his sculptural flower vessels and stepped water jars, each covered in rich emerald green, natural ash glaze.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 1980-1999
    Materials: Stoneware
    Condition: New.
    Creation Date: around 1990
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Art Pottery, Asian
    Patterns: Abstract, Asian/Oriental, Contemporary/Modern
    Incollect Reference #: 497635
  • Dimensions
    W. 8 in; H. 8.5 in; D. 8 in;
    W. 20.32 cm; H. 21.59 cm; D. 20.32 cm;
Message from Seller:

I became interested in the Ceramic Arts; specifically Ancient Chinese Pottery, when my brother Marc; also an art dealer, introduced it to me over 20 years ago. Since then I traveled throughout Asia; including Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, in search for those special pieces that appeal to the discerning collector, as well as the Designer Market.

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