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Bizen O-Dokkuri by Yukuyoshi Manabu


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Austere Bizen clay in the traditional large Tokkuri form by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen O-Dokkuri. This piece was exhibited at the 6th Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, the original catalog in which this piece is published included. It is classic Bizen! The bottle is 9 inches (22.5 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It harkens from that ideal of "tsuchi no aji" or flavor of the clay, raw earth and natural ash, subject entirely to the whims of flame. This archetype reined supreme in the era when artists were searching to revive lost techniques, developing formulas, researching excavations, trying and testing. This mastery of the past forms the broad basis we have today in which younger potters have been raised, with traditions revived, allowing them to focus on taking those traditions and moving forward.
Yukuyoshi Manabu was born in Kagatonishi near the heart of Bizen country in 1941. After working in Osaka as a young man, he returned to Bizen to assist the family building supply company. There he began to study clay under Mori Hozan and Ohira Seinosuke. After rebuilding an old kiln, he established his own. He ahs exhibited with the Issuikai Ten, the Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten, the National Ceramic Exhibition (Nihon Togeiten) among many others and has received a great many awards over his career.