Illustrated is a classic and traditionally crafted Iga mizusashi by master potter, Kishimoto Kennin. Thrown out of a rich Shigaraki clay, the mouth, shoulder, lid and face of the pot are covered in a wonderful layer of glassy green ash as is much of the interior. The rest of the body is painted over in a wet coating of ash that has produced a rich hi-iro fire color that Kishimoto is well known for. To appreciate the Iga work of Kishimoto Kennin, one has to be enamored with a painterly balance of ash and fire color (hi-iro). If one were to look at the hi-iro on his pots as negative space , then there are correlations with the balance created in both Momoyama ink painting as well as calligraphic Zen art. His pots are meant to show the process of creation and firing with luscious surfaces that showcase the tsuchi-aji of his work. The pots have an organic quality to them that speaks to the viewer of honest craftsmanship, rustic and time worn surfaces that harken back to a much earlier time while decidedly modern in their creation. Though as a potter, Kishimoto is indebted to the past, he uses it as a basis to develop and articulate his own voice, which can be seen in the wide variety of styles and pots he makes.