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Sugimoto Sadamitsu Shigaraki Hanaire Vase


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A lobed rounded form covered in a smattering of ash by Sugimoto Sadamitsu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Hanaire. Beginning from a round base, Sadamitsu has indented and creased the sides of this vase to form three faces, but allowed the top to remain a relatively intact circle. It was placed within the kiln to take the brunt of the inferno on the beak, and a subsequent blast of flying ash clings to the peak on two adjoining sides. Looking inside the vessel from this vantage, we see the artists signature struck boldly and large upon the back wall. Obviously, he put a lot of thought into not only creating the piece, but had the vision to know how it would be placed in the kiln from inception, and how it would be viewed if it survived the tremendous pressures and trials of firing. Pieces like this are those which give us on the outside a look through the eyes of the artist as he or she creates, allowing us to trace back through the multitude of steps int eh creative process.
Sugimoto Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. A strong adherent to the Zen tradition, Sadamitsu established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachibana Oki. His Zen studies have refined the spiritual side of his work, and all of his wood fired ceramics have a quiet and confident power. He has spent his life in the research of kohiki, Shigaraki Iga and Raku wares, and is more than well known in tea circles for the discriminating soul of his works. For more information on this artist see the book Fired with passion : contemporary Japanese ceramics ISBN 1-891640-38-0.