Flower vessel, Vase, God of thunder - Shinemon kiln, Arita ware
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Flower vessel, Vase, God of thunder
Arita ware flower vase
Work by Shinemon kiln
Kiln-change, brown and orange
Size: φ19.5 × H21(cm)
Material: Amakusa porcelain clay
About this piece
This work was inspired by the Japanese national treasure "The Wind and Thunder Gods" by Sotatsu Tawaraya.
The contrast between the jet-black Tenmoku and the crystals in the Kinka pattern is elegant and intensely beautiful.
It is a vase with a concentrated sense of austerity and stylishness, artistically finishing a standard system in flower arrangement. The work "Raijin" is characterized by its eye-catching, glossy lightning bolt pattern. The two-tone black and gold coloration is wonderful, and the texture will never get old even with daily use. The two tone color of black and gold is wonderful and the texture will never get boring even after daily use.
This is an excellent work by Shinemon II, who challenged the "realm of the gods".
Japanese traditional craft: Imari/Arita ware
After Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s military expeditions into the Korean peninsula at the end 16th century, many Korean potters were brought to Japan. One Korean potter discovered high-quality kaolin at Mt. Izumiyama in the Arita region (now Saga Prefecture) and succeeded in making Japan’s first porcelain. This was the birth of Arita ware.
Arita ware made great strides as an industry with the development of overglaze enameling techniques that added colors like red, gold, green, blue, and purple. It reached its peak in the late 17th century, with the wares being extensively exported to Europe and the Middle East. Back then, since the porcelain was being shipped out from the port town of Imari, they came to be known as Imari ware.
Exports later declined, but production for the domestic market continued, especially for tableware and ornamental items. Today, Arita remains one of the most prominent porcelain-producing regions in Japan. Arita ware is known for its milky white base and colorful overglaze decorations, and its production is based on a division of labor, with each step in the process being performed by highly-skilled artisans.
Imari/Arita ware was designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1977
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