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Hanging Iga Wall Vase by Umehara Isamu


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Embers cling to the stone-like surface of this charred cylinder by Umehara Isamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Kakehana-ire. The slightest hint of crystalline green ash glaze turned to glass glimmers in the cleft on the side. From the back protrudes a bronze ring for hanging, in a form befitting the humble Japanese tea aesthetic. The vase is named Azemichi (the narrow path between rice fields). It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Umehara Isamu was born in Osaka in 1946, and began his career in graphic design in the 1960s. But after an 18-month sabbatical during which he walked through 33 countries in the Soviet Block, Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, he took up residence in Mino in 1973, bold steps down the road to becoming a potter. In 1976 he opened his own Anagama in Gifu, advancing his studies, then created a second kiln in 1980, specializing in Shino, Iga and Oribe wares. Throughout the 90s he researched the architecture of ancient Korean and Chinese kilns, and is considered expert in kiln architecture. As with many Chajin artists, he concentrates on private exhibitions as an outlet for his work, shunning the world of mass competition and retail.