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Modern Studio Vase Bizen Ware by Jun Isezaki

Documentation Signed
Origin Japan
Period 1980-1999
Materials ceramic
H. 9.5 in; Diam. 5 in;
H. 24.13 cm; Diam. 12.7 cm;
Condition Good. Original studio condition with intended surface characters. Wood box with little age wear.
Creation Date second half of 20th century
Description A bottle form vase by Japanese studio ceramic artist Jun Isezaki (Born in 1936). A modern Bizen yaki stoneware piece that is strongly rooted in history and tradition, it takes a classic form of a robust body with slightly sloped shoulder that leads to a short neck and opening. Bizen yaki from Okayama is a unglazed stoneware, Isezaki employs a technique called''Hidasuki" (fire markings) to add surface decoration that happens by chance in the kiln. Featuring reddish lines across the brownish background of the body that appears modern and abstract, Hidasuki involves covering with piece with straws before firing. And the covered parts react with the component in the clay and produce the reddish color. The fire and air movement in the kiln often created ash patterns in an accidental way as evident on this piece. Marks of strokes, small splashes and fire-included clay explosion all found their destiny onto the surface including the base, rendering the piece a strong Wabi Sabi aesthetic.
Jun Isezaki is from a well established and famous lineage of potters in Bizen, Okayama. His father, Yozan Isezaki (1902-1961), was one of the finest saikumono (ornamental figure) potters, while his elder brother Mitsuru (1934- ), is one of its finest tea potters. Started in 1950s when Bizen ware was obscure, Isezaki's work raised larger awareness and popularity of the ware through the decades. Considered as one of the most renowned masters of Bizen pottery, Isezaki was honored with the title Living National Treasure by Japanese­ Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2004.
The vase comes in its original storage wood box with scripted title in Kanji as well as the artist's signature and seal.
Box: 12.5" x 7.25" x 7.25:". Vase; 9.5" h in x 5" dia.
Styles / Movements Asian, Modern, Studio Craft
Patterns Abstract, Asian/Oriental, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 457107
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