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Osako Mikio Tokoname Ash-glazed Hachi Bowl
Please refer to our stock # 1268 when inquiring.
A very austere natural ash glazed bowl by the reclusive perfectionist Oasako Mikio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Haiyu Hachi. The simplicity of the technique belies the mastery of the craftsmanship. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Osako Mikio (1940-1995), born in Usa Oita prefecture on the Island of Kyushu, arrived at ceramics late in life, starting to study with Ezaki Issei at the Tokonmane ceramic Research Center in 1968 and staying with his teacher until he built his first kiln in 1982.. He received Grand Prize at the International Biennial of Ceramics in Vallauris, France in 1972. Known for his yakishime and ash glazed pottery, His profound understanding of wood firing, post firing and pottery in general was exceptional and his forms and surfaces are mature beyond his years of experience. A fitting quote by Dr. Frederick Baekeland from the catalogue; Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections, sums up the true nature of the potter and his pots; “The strong, conventional potting and rich sobriety of Osako’s ceramics appeal to modern taste and accords well with the aesthetic canons of the tea ceremony.”
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