Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Illustrated is a rather Tokoname ko-tsubo with a rather streamlined form that is common among Ezaki issei, Osako Mikio and the maker of this pot, Takauchi Kimiaki. Though of a rather common form, the pot owes as much to traditional medieval pottery as it does of modern work and a thousand years in the making. The surface is typical of the reinvigorated Tokoname style with rich green ash covering the shoulder, running down the surface terminating in bidoro gems all around the pot. The base of the pot is peppered in a greyish hue with some dark areas caused by the particular way these Tokoname pots were fired first in a traditional wood kiln and later in an electric kiln. Though small in scale, this ko-tsubo makes it easy to understand how Takauchi Kimiaki was able to combine the simplest of elements to produce a compact universe in the process.
"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." Carl Sagan