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Yamane Seigan White Hagi Mimi-tsuki Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1362 when inquiring.
A heavily potted traditional shape with drooping lug handles covered in thick white crawling glaze by Yamane Seigan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi-yaki Hanaire. Inside the qhite glaze holds firm in tremulous drips from teh rim. It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yamane Seigan was born in Hagi in 1952. He began studying martial arts at the age of 21, and after mastering several styles, opened his own dojo. After watching a potter friend creating pots on a wheel, he was inspired with the idea that to create pots one must empty oneself (attain a state of Mushin), just like in the martial arts or in Zen. So in 1987 he began to study pottery in earnest and established the Kousai-an kiln in 1990. For Seigan the process of creation is more important than the results. Making pottery is a means to be reach at state of Mu (emptiness) rather than a way to express myself. This is not to denigrate his style, which is powerful, as one would expect of a karate master, and yet has a natural flow. His innovations to Hagi have been great, including the development of a natural blue glaze.
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