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Murakoshi Takuma Iga Mimitsuki Hanaire Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1459 when inquiring.
A very simple shape covered in flying ash glaze by Murakoshi Takuma whose disregard for formalization is gaining him rock-star status. Everything he does is not just thick and natural, but seems to well up unfiltered from somewhere deep inside himself. This vase is no exception, based on the Mimitsuki Iga form of traditional tea room fare, here he has altered the rim, and made the entire smaller, with tiny lug handles which create a tension between themselves and the overall shape. It is 19 x 11 x 12.5 cm (7-1/2 x 4-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps his work in high demand. He was born in Aichi prefecture in 1954 and began his stroll down the pottery path in 1980 under the tutelage of Kyoto potter Umehara Takehira. Favoring very rough Shigaraki glaze, he established his own kiln in 1997 in the Kiyomizu pottery district of Kyoto, then moved to Nagaoka in 2002. Although eschewing the world of competitive exhibitions, he has been picked up by many of Japan’s preeminent galleries, including private exhibitions at the prestigious Kuroda Toen of Tokyo’s Ginza District.
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