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Fabulous Tamura Roppo Koshu Iga Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1397 when inquiring.
An earing clings to the “mimi” on this fabulous ash glazed vessel by one of our favorite hidden treasures, Tamura Roppo, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koshu Iga Mimitsuki Hanaire. The traditional form is affixed with two “ears”, from one of which clings one tremulous drip of ash, seeming to slightly weigh down that side. Happenstance occurring at just the right place at just the right time during the firing process that it survived without falling or breaking off. It is this fostering of the accidental that is so definitive of the Japanese aesthetic. The vessel has been buried half way up in ash which has affixed itself to the side in dark charring. The molten ash pours down the heat and fire degraded sides to meld with the dark mass about the waist. It is 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tamura Roppo (b. 1960) claims his potting career began at the age of 20 when he took a lump of clay he had molded to the kiln of a nearby young potter begging for him to fire it. In 1982 he opened a kiln in Shinshu, then moved to Yamanashi in 1991. In 2001 he moved to his present location. He uses all local materials, and is well known for his Kosyu-Iga yakishime wares. Perhaps due to the hardships of his beginning, he allows young potters free use of his Anagama kiln, helping to cultivate the next generation.
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