New Work: Bizen Flower Vase (Hanaire) by Kimura Sojô (*1945)


An outstanding, museum quality Bizen flower vase made by Kimura Sojô 木村素静, who was born 1945 into one of the six most famous Bizen potter families and trained by the famous Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun 伊勢崎淳 (*1936). This fine work bears an exceptional pattern of highly developed techniques uniqe to Bizen pottery. Long ash glaze drops that run vertically around the vase are showing that the object has layed down on the side in the kiln during firing. Circular shaped reverse patterns (botamochi) with beautiful and lively color changing of garnet red, orange and green (yôhen) are the visible traces of the firing supports. All these are typical characteristics of the so called "pushed-over" pieces (korogashi) that are rare and regarded as the master pieces of highly advanced potters.