Friday, August 8, 2014


Illustrated is a tsubo of classical form and proportions with a modern surface of an iron and ash rich Oni-Shino. This Oni-Shino tsubo is by Tsukigata Nahiko and represents yet another facet to his work in which the use of iron and addition of natural ash from the wood firing predominate the surface of the pot. The Shino is used as much as a flux as a base glaze to aid in the melting of the iron and ash which has built up wonderfully on the shoulder and at the right temperature turned to a liquid and ran down all the way to the base of the pot. In certain respects this tsubo is reminiscent of certain pottery of the Arts & Crafts movement but under even casual observation, it is all Tsukigata. The form borrows loosely from the tradition of feudal tea jars but as with everything that he did, Tsukigata has put his own unique stamp on the pot from the casually thrown pot and mouth to the highly active, flowing surface. Though I have seen a great number of pots by Tsukigata Nahiko, I am never disappointed in the nearly infinite variety created by blending the elements of clay, glaze application and ferocity of fire that only "the" pre-eminent master of Oni-Shino could achieve, time and time again.
(Photo used with the kind permission of a private collector.)

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