Bizen Guinomi by Kaneshige Toyo
Bizen’s first Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967) is one of the most important Bizen potters of all time. Along with other first LNT’s, such as Arakawa Toyozo and Nakazato Muan, Kaneshige researched and revived the ancient Momoyama Period ways of clay preparation, kiln building, kiln loading–a key aspect–and firing. The “tsuchi-aji” clay flavor of Toyo is unsurpassed on all his works, and it is he who made both the Kaneshige name, and moreover, Bizen, an integral presence in Japanese modern and contemporary ceramics. Toyo loved sake and he made some of the finest guinomi as well, highly sought after for any serious collection. Here is a rare Toyo hidasuki–straw-wrapped–guinomi with a subtle ‘tsuchi-aji’–‘clay-flavor.’ In perfect condition with a signed box by son Kosuke, 5.2cm.tallx6cm., signed on base, dating to the early 1960s.