Monday, June 1, 2015


It's yet another dreary Monday here and what is called for is whimsy to liven things up just a bit. Illustrated is an Oh-Ribe kamo-tokkuri with incised decoration that has its most immediate influences in my stay with Kohyama Yasuhisa but the style goes back to the beginning of the 19th century if not earlier. These make for a good deal of fun, as there is a nearly infinite variety of ways to build them, thrown them or what have you to get interesting forms but one characteristic that most possess is the unmistakable "glug-glug" sound as they pour. The sound is made as the liquid is replaced by air as it bounces off the top of the main reservoir. All in all, fun to make and even more fun to use.

What is better for a Monday than a sure fire test of one's inductive reasoning. Always remember;  "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is likely a duck."