Monday, November 29, 2010


I came across this photo the other day and immediately knew it was a pot by Banura Shiro. This mizusashi is tall and has a graceful form that plays host to his Rimpa inspired decoration of iron, overglaze gold and silver foliage accentuating the vertical quality of the piece which is punctuated by a spire like finial knob on the lid.

I am always impressed with the wide array of forms Banura is known for and how adeptly he tailors his designs to a wide variety of work, from jar to hachi to chawan. There are a number of potters whose works are (or were) inspired by the Rimpa school, but I think Banura Shiro has added a modern edge to an age old tradition made famous by Ogata Korin (1657-1716) and his brother, the potter, Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743).