Friday, August 9, 2013


Illustrated is a rather well fired vase, thrown out of very nice clay and having all the characteristics of Iga pottery. What makes this a bit different is that it was made by Takiguchi Kiheiji (b.1937), the veteran Oribe potter. While Takiguchi is best known for his Oribe creations, in fact he has also made Seto-guro, Ki-Seto, Mino-Iga and as this piece can attest, Iga pottery. This classic pot shows the careful study that the potter has made into the history of Iga pottery and his experience and thoughtful eye have created a vase that would look at home in any exhibit of Iga-yaki though created approximately 90 kilometers from Iga, off in Gifu prefecture.

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