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Toukaiseki Vase

Item Code: CER-KM-875-u
Medium
Shino
Date of Work
2018
Signed
unsigned
Height (cm)
30
Width (cm)
13
Clay
Stoneware
Firing
Wood
Nationality
Japanese
Base price $2,614
Shino

Japan’s first white glaze, Shino is a mix of ground feldspar & clay.
It varies in colour from a thick snowy white through to grey, pink, and orange. A distinctive characteristic of Shino is small pinholes in the surface of the glaze, particularly favoured by tea masters. When applied thinly on iron rich clay bodies the pristine white can turn red as it absorbs the iron oxide. Developed during the Momoyama period (1568–1600), the glaze fell out of favour in the early 18th century when Oribe glaze became more popular. It wasn't until the 20th century that Shino regained its popularity.

Accompanied by a signed, made to measure box
Ken Matsuzaki PortraitKen Matsuzaki was born in 1950 in Tokyo. Growing up Matsuzaki’s life was filled with art and culture and his family’s influence began to show when, around the age of 16, Matsuzaki developed an interest in ceramics. In 1972, after graduating from Tamagawa University’s College of Arts, he began a 3 year apprenticeship with (National Living Treasure) Tatsuzo Shimaoka.

Nearing the end of his apprenticeship Matsuzaki asked Shimaoka if he would consider extending it for another 2 years, whilst he learned to develop his own style, and began creating his own motifs and palette of glazes that he would use for the next 15 years. Today, Matsuzaki has exhibited widely in Japan, America and the UK and his work is held in major galleries worldwide.
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