Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Illustrated is another feudal style uzukumaru vase by the late Tani Seiuemon of Shigaraki. The shoulder of the pot is decorated with a classic Shigaraki fence design and is blanketed with a rich, wet ash at the shoulder, neck and down the face a bit while the rest of the pot is peppered in ash creating a snowy effect about the piece. This form is a classic shape of the Shigaraki region having made its way from the late Muramachi and early Momoyama days as an adopted piece for tea ceremony and most likely got its name from its resemblance to a person who is sitting or squatting. I would have to say that this form is ubiquitously synonymous with Shigaraki pottery and all most all of the regional potters make their own interpretation of the form of which this one by Tani-san is a particularly well fired and nice example.
Other post about Tani Seiuemon;