Wednesday, June 10, 2015


I was asked recently if I could show a more "clinical" photo of the Iwabuchi Shigeya tsubo that I posted a week or so ago. I made a composite picture of the front and back of this shinogi style haku-enyu tsubo and hope this fits the bill. It is a very elegant piece, fitting having been created in Kyoto and the surface has a myriad of textures and colors that are best explored up close and in person but I tried to get as much as I could in the two photos. The is a nearly identical pot, form wise in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo made in 1991 and the surface is a very somber white with little variation; in all honesty, I would have to say I far prefer this particular pot with the abundance of variation in the visual landscape which highlights the form and pronounced ridges quite well.
"A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him."    H. Mathews (1927-2014)

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