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Rare Koie Ryoji Mizusashi Water Jar

Rare Koie Ryoji Mizusashi Water Jar

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An unusual Fresh Water Jar for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony by Koie Ryoji dated 1989 and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Mizusashi. The form tips a hat to tradition, but is undoubtedly from this innovative artist. It comes with the original custom made lacquered wooden lid inlayed with a ceramic handle stamped Ko. The jar is 16 cm (6-1/4 inches) diameter, 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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.