Monday, June 6, 2016


At first glance it is easy to see what appears to be a classic modern Shino bowl form in this illustration but the surface is neither typical of the pot or potter being fired Shigaraki style. Thrown and fired by Mino traditional veteran, Wakao Toshisada, this particular bowl form is highly typical of the potter who on occasion creates a number of pots that are distinctly outside his normal range including Karatsu, hakeme, kohiki, Shigaraki and over-glaze enamel pieces this chawan was thrown out of a durable Shigaraki clay and has a nice, rich coat of ash with areas punctuated by melting feldspar and fiery hi-iro patches making for a lovely wood fired pot that pays homage to traditions of the past, both Shigaraki and Mino. I have seen a wide array of pots by Wakao Toshisada and am always left satisfied by his ability to create thoughtful and classic works infused with his distinctive touch whether they be his trademark Rimpa style pieces or his more classic works in Shino, Seto-Guro and Oribe. Though not within the traditional boundaries of Mino, you can get hints of that classicism in this chawan through the posture, character and form that only a well seasoned and practiced potter could get away with.
"It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence."  Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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