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Koie Ryoji White Glazed Ko-Tsubo

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A small vase by Koie Ryoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box simply titled Tsubo. Thick white crackled glaze with prominent shell impressions about the rim, fired upside down in the kiln allowing the glaze to be thickest at the top. It is signed with an impressed Ryoji Koie, and all about the foot are enigmatic Romanized letters, only visible when the vase is held. It is 13.5 cm (5 inches) diameter, roughly the same height and in excellent condition. The box is dark with age.
Koie Ryoji (1938-2020)) was born in Tokoname and graduated the Tokoname industrial school before moving on to work at a tile factory in 1957, where he would lose two fingers in an industrial accident. Faced with this handicap, he entered the City Ceramics Research Facility in 1962 where he furthered his studies and his unique style began to coagulate. In 1966 he established his own studio. By the early 70s his work was garnering attention overseas and he has since been largely displayed and prized culminating in a lifetime with the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award in 2008, the most prestigious of pottery prizes in Japan. Work by him is held in the collections of the National Museums of Modern Art in both Tokyo and Kyoto, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Idemitsu Museum, The Museum of Fine Art in Gifu, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Seoul Museum of Art in Korea, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia among many other public and private collections.