Friday, January 6, 2012


A bold and brisque interpratation of the kanji for "tsubo" (pot) by Koie Ryoji (b. 1938). Koie, well know for his spontaneous creativity in clay, carries that another step further in the use of red ink to paint the ubiquitous tsubo character used by a wide array of modern potters. The best known, perhaps being Kato Tokuro, whose calligraphy for tsubo, this work be Koie is very reminescent of.  Koie, like a few other modern potters, like Tsujimura Shiro, Kumano Kuroemon and Suzuki Goro, has inked a fair number of calligraphies, most being very much related to his work in clay in spirit and affect.