Wednesday, March 9, 2011


“Every pot you make must be your own original creation. It should not be a mere arrangement of old techniques. You see, we are living in this world of today, so therefore we must use the fire of today and sing the song of today. It sounds easy, but it is a very hard thing to do.”

“Shino wares were first created in the Momoyama era, a time of great creative impetus which suddenly vanished. Shino wares created amid the natural beauty of Mino, earned a reputation as the king of ceramics and I would like to bring that tradition back to life. But mine is the modern age, and I would like that fact to come out in my design and plastic art. Above all, I want to mix modern styles with the traditional Japanese sense of beauty as it is presented in the Nezumi-Shino.”* Wakao Toshisada

Illustrated is a Nezumi-Shino chawan by Wakao Toshisada (b. 1933) which clearly shows the revival of the Momoyama aesthetic. Though well known for his creative use of Shino glazes and Rimpa influenced designs, his work as a modern traditional Mino potter is exceptional. His minimalist designs are used to make maximum use of space echoing back to the monochrome ink painters of the Momoyama era. As he very carefully points out and makes use of his own insights, his work is solidly based on an earlier archetype, but his pottery shows the characteristics of a modern day potter.

(*Quoted from MINO; 30 Anniversary DMCAA)

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