Friday, November 7, 2014


I assembled a short video slideshow of a Hagi vase by Yamato Yoshitaka (1944-2010). The vase loosely based on ancient jade ritual vessels known as a "cong" which appeared as early as 3300 BCE; these forms are also seen in bronze, glass and ceramics, most notably in Chinese celadons. Covered in a glaze made of a mixture of wood and straw ash, the milky quality of the surface cloaks the carved, slip covered clay creating a number of color variations that run from milky blue to lavender making for a wonderful keshiki landscape. This pot has a sense of antiquity to it, despite being made in the past 20 years or so but this is one of the alluring aspects of this type of Hagi glaze and the touch of a potter who understands both his medium and its classical tradition.

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