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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Matsuzaki, Ken, born 1950 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with yohen (kiln change) surface colouring and natural ash glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bernie and Sue Pucker in honour of Thelma Frye

  • Museum number:

    FE.323:1, 2-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 5 []

Matsuzaki Ken (born in Tokyo in 1950) has worked in Mashiko since 1972, when he became an apprentice to the late Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2008), the leading disciple of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). He established his own workshop in 1977 and has since earned himself an increasingly important reputation for his emphatically potted and, in the case of his Shino and Oribe wares, thickly glazed vessel forms. This vase belongs to another main category of work whereby he uses a domed, single-chambered wood-fired kiln with two fireboxes to produce naturally ash-glazed yohen (literally 'transformed by fire') pots. During the firing, which can last for up to a week, he uses a long metal rod to push over and roll the pots in the white-hot ashes of the kiln. The final result is thus a combination of chance effect and careful calculation.

Physical description

Mallet-shaped vase consisting of a cylindrical, slightly tapering body, flat shoulders, and a shorter and narrower, cylindrical neck with a slightly everted mouth; the settling of the natural ash glaze is particularly evident on the shoulders and on the body, where its effects are enhanced by the horizontal ribmarks that have been intentionally left

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Matsuzaki, Ken, born 1950 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with yohen (kiln change) surface colouring and natural ash glaze

Dimensions

Height: 25.4 cm, Diameter: 12.7 cm

Descriptive line

Stoneware vase and storage box, Matsuzaki, Ken, made Mashiko 2004

Labels and date

Vase
2004

Matsuzaki Ken moved to the historic pottery-making town of Mashiko to become an apprentice to the leading disciple of Hamada Shōji. Hamada was one of the founders of the Japanese Folk Craft movement and the person who made Mashiko famous after he settled there in the 1920s. The surface effects on this vase were achieved by using a specially designed wood-fired kiln. [62]

Matsuzaki Ken (born 1950)
Mashiko
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
Given by Bernie and Sue Pucker in honour of Thelma Frye
Museum no. FE.323-2005
[04/11/2015]

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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