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Spectacular! Kanzaki Shiho Mimitsuki Iga Vase


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A spectacular ash encrusted work by the legendary Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Hanaire dating circa 1990. The colors are phenomenal, ranging from rich purple to green to gray and black. A heavy encrustation of goma clings to one side, making it extremely tactile. It is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Without a doubt museum quality! One of three pieces we have by him, this is a rare opportunity, since he passed away last year it will prove more and more difficult to acquire his work.
Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018) preferred firing his kiln for ten days, resulting in the rich textures and heavy ash deposits apparent on his work. He was born in Shigaraki, and was fast tracked into the Kansai University Law Department, but rather the life of a lawyer, after graduation he went with his heart to take up the precarious life of a potter, apprenticing under Mino artist Matsuyama Suketoshi. Later he returned to Shigaraki working there at the research center while developing his own style and methods with the Anagama. He consistently stayed with the personal world of private exhibitions, developing a large following both at home and abroad and his list of exhibitions is impressive. He has been the subject of several documentaries and Television interviews, and is widely published. For more information see, The Fire Artist, a documentary by Canadian Director Claude Gagnon. He unfortunately passed away last year and these may be the last pieces we have by him.