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Murakoshi Takuma Gyomon Hana-tsubo Vase
Please refer to our stock # 1460 when inquiring.
A fish swimming uphill is engraved into the side of this crusty ash glazed vase by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here the artist has created a very unique “hada” or surface, by abrading the vessel when the clay was nearly dry. It stands out among his works for the way the glaze has then filled those abrasions and cervices in highlight and shadow. The vase is 17 x 14 x 16.5 cm (6-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
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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