Bizen Hidasuki Guinomi by Kaneshige Sozan
Kaneshige Sozan (1909-1995, real name Shichirozaemon) played many roles throughout his long career, the first beginning when he was 18. That’s when he started to help his already famous elder brother Toyo (1896-1967)– who in 1956 was designated a Living National Treasure for Bizen ware — with loading and firing their climbing chambered kiln. In 1927 Sozan began to study Ko-Bizen and in 1930 both brothers were successful in reproducing the tsuchi-aji (clay flavor) of Momoyama Period Bizen wares that connoisseurs so love. Fast forward a few decades and then Sozan created a wild stir with his electric kiln hidasuki–straw-wrapped. The Bizen world went wild at this blasphemy and it would be years before Sozan’s new firing way was accepted and became standard for so many Bizen potters of today. More about Sozan–parts of this description were taken from an article I wrote about Sozan in the Japan Times—can be read at e-yakimono.net/html/kaneshige-sozan-jt.html Needless to say, Sozan was a major 20th century Bizen potter and one potter that serious collectors here in Japan adore. His two sons–Makoto and Yuho–are also Bizen ceramic artists. This classic Sozan hidasuki dates to the 1970s. Sozan had a tremendous career and also had a few trio exhibitions along with Suzuki Osamu (current Shino LNT) and Tsuji Seimei (1927-2008). He was designated an Important Intangible Artist for Okayama Prefecture in 1983. In perfect condition with a signed box, 5.4cm.tallx6.7, signed on base. The large Bizen yohen tokkuri shown is by Yokoyama Shinichi and is 40,000 yen.