Shigaraki Natural-Ash Glazed–Shizen-yu–Faceted ‘Vase’ by Koyama Kiyoko
“Koyama Kiyoko(b.1936) was born far from Shigaraki in Nagasaki prefecture; she came to Shigaraki when she was eighteen and then spent some time in Kyoto studying about Kenzan and sometsuke blue and white wares. At the age of twenty-seven she decided to pursue Shigaraki and thus entered a very closed male world; her strong will pulled her through some very tough discriminating times and she has created some stunning Shigaraki works ever since.Koyama takes Shigaraki clay as it comes from the ground, dries it in the sun and crushes it into small pieces with a wooden mallet. After mixing the clay with water and kneading it, she lets it temper for at least a year. Before forming it into pots, she wedges each batch four hundred times” This was written in the ‘Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections’ exhibition catalog at the Japan Society, New York, 1993. The intense process that Koyama undertakes to bring out the beauty of her stunning natural-ash glazes from her long two week firing process is quite evident on this *completely* covered faceted vase, very primordial and jewelesque. In perfect condition with a signed box and EMS, 25.3cm.tallx19cm., signed on base.
Product #: KV-1