Two Masterpieces by Ueda Tsuneji
Mingei potter Ueda Tsuneji (1914-1987) was master of the Kinozara-yama kiln in Kyoto which he opened in 1936. An apprentice of Kawai Kanjiro, Ueda studied the difficult mosaic-marbled style known as neriage or nerikomi with the great Kawai who reinvented this Chinese T’ang dynasty style. Ueda’s work is in the Japan Folk Crafts Museum as well as many prominent private collections. Here are the two largest Ueda works we’ve ever handled, one a hakuji-white porcelain mentori-faceted jar and the other a neriage vessel. The hakuji jar is very strong in form yet gentle in the white(bluish) glazing that often ripples on the surface. The large neriage platter is a masterpiece in neriage design; it’s 9.8cm.tallx49cm.x38cm. One photo has a large Agano guinomi in the form showing scale. From a Kyoto great.