Friday, May 27, 2016


I love the subtle and often times not so subtle details that you can discover by studying a pot. Some are all in your face and others have to be uncovered through a thoughtful and thorough examination of the piece, in this particular case, the detail is easily spotted but not so easily forgotten. Clinging to the bottom of an attached lug, this rich green bidoro drip hangs precariously while being perpetually fed by a cascading river of ash running down the pot. Though forever suspended just as you see, the detail gives the pot a sense of being perpetually animated, one can almost imagine the sound of the ash dripping from pot to table top. What makes this even more dynamic is that it is not one of the usual Shigaraki or Iga potters that spring to mind, rather it was made by the master of the casual and direct, Suzuki Goro. Best known for his wide array of Mino traditional glazes, Suzuki has made a number of wood fired pots though it is a small percentage of his work, I have to say they are not only distinct and adventurous they are all uniquely his own and exceptionally fired for that dramatic Goro-effect.

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