Kimura Sojō (*1945)

Bizen Flower Vase

Inv. Nr. #17.009
Date End 20th C.
Material Ash glazed stoneware
Dimensions H 24,5  x Diam. 16,5 cm

Comes with signed and sealed wooden box.

An outstanding, museum quality Bizen flower vase made by Kimura Sojō. Sojō, one of the rare acknowledged female Bizen masters, has been trained by famous Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun (*1936).


This extraordinary piece bears exceptional patterns of highly developed techniques unique 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 (yōhen) 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.