Monday, August 26, 2013


Starting out with a simple idea and form, cut paper is applied to the piece, thick slip is applied all over the surface of the pot and when set up, the paper is removed and the pattern emerges. This was a favorite and oft used technique of Shinkai Kanzan (1912-1996) that together with a rich base glaze and a variety of oxide washes, created both vivid color variations and gesture within the decoration. From this perspective, the full breath of the pattern is visible, almost as if to imitate a carousel in motion with rich tones of amber and burgundy dividing the form along defined visual section. As with many of his pots decorated in this manner, it is a simple idea that yields the most infinite of possibilities.