This fluted vase with natural red pine ash glazing represents the old Tamba aesthetic, one of Japan’s “Six Ancient Kilns.” The effects created during firing can been seen in its markings of various colors.
Size: 28.5 cm h x 12.5 w / 11 in h x 5 w
Weight: 1.16 kg / 2 lb 9 oz
Although Bizen ware is characterized by the lack of use of traditional glazes, this small vase is a great example of both Wakimoto’s creativity with natural glazes produced in the kiln, and his ability to meticulously calculate the flow of fire within the kiln, producing a “goma” glaze on top, and a “black Bizen” glaze on the bottom.
Size: 12.5 cm h x 17.3 w x 9.2 d / 5 in h x 6.8 w x 3.5 d
Weight: 878 g / 1 lb 15 oz
Medium stone wall - inspired vase with ash glaze.
Bizen “Stone Vase” by well-known artist Hiroyuki Wakimoto. Many of his works are inspired by the rocky terrain of Tsushima Island, where he grew up. This vase is a prime example of Wakimoto’s meticulous calculating of the flow of flames during kiln firing, resulting in this rich natural ash glaze. As you can see on the last photo, in the sunlight, the natural ash glaze takes on a shimmery silver color.
Size: 22.5 h x 18 w x 12.5 d cm / 8.8 h x 7 w x 5 d in
Weight: 2.2 kg / 4 lb 1 oz
Stone wall- inspired Incense burner / vase
This Bizen incense burner by Hiroyuki Wakimoto easily turns into a vase when you take off one or both of the top pieces. Contrasting colors are achieved by placing composite pieces in different parts of the kiln during firing. Wakimoto is also well known in Japan for his “kurinuki” technique, in which he “digs out” clay to shape his pieces, as opposed to throwing them on the wheel.
Size: 21 cm h x 11 w x 9 d / 8.3 in h x 4.3 w x 3.5 d
Weight: 2.4 kg / 5 lb 5.6 oz
Medium-sized vase by Masahiko Ichino in his own akadobe glaze, decorated with slip to create whimsical shapes and circles of different sizes.
Size: 9.5 in h x 3 dia / 24 cm h x 7.6 dia
Weight: 704 g / 1 lb 9 oz
Masahiko Ichino’s akadobe glazed vase with stripe design. He is one of the few potters from the Tamba region to recreate this deep red glaze, the methods for which had been long lost.
Size: 9.6 in h x 3 dia / 24.4 cm h x 7.6 dia
Weight: 700g / 1 lb 9 oz
Small vase with Ichino’s own akadobe glaze and bamboo-inspired shape. A versatile vase which goes well with many types and colors of flowers.
Size: 13.5 cm h x 12.5 l x 10 w / 5.3 in h x 5 l x 4 w
Weight: 924 g / 2 lb
Textured with a bamboo utensil and pebbles, this small vase also boasts an array of colors due to the variety of woods added to the kiln during firing, including cedar, pine, and Japanese cypress. A triangular shaped mouth perfects the piece.
Size: 12 cm h x 12 dia / 4.7 in h x 4.7 dia
Weight: 596 g / 1 lb 5 oz
Small vase with Shibuta’s own “kurobizen” (black Bizen) glaze, painted on the bottom half, and “hidasuki” reddish fire marks, which are the result of ropes burning off during firing (an ancient Bizen technique).
Size: 12.7 cm h x 10.2 dia / 5 in h x 4 dia
Weight: 326 g / 11.5 oz
Small vase with candy glaze and slip decoration
Artist: Naoyuki Inoue
Size: 8.8 cm h x 11.5 dia / 3.3 in h x 4.5 dia
Weight: 326 g / 11.5 oz
Small blue, organically shaped porcelain vase. Comes with a kenzan, which makes flowers easy to arrange.
Size: 8 cm h x 10.7 dia / 3.2 in h x 4.2 dia
Weight: 296 g / 10.4 oz