Friday, March 23, 2012

MASHIKO YAKI (益子焼き)-Ceramics of Tochigi Prefecture

Interesting links:

SHIMAOKA TATSUZO (島岡達三) 1919-2007
Living National Treasure (LNT Ningen Kokuho 1996) Mashiko, for his cord-marked ceramics with slip inlay. He apprenticed with Shoji Hamada. 

These three cups are unmarked but by every indication are the work of Shimaoka Tatsuzo. Although most of his works are marked with the タ mark, according to an expert in Japanese ceramics (RY) there are pieces, especially those of his earlier years, that are unmarked. These are most likely from the 1960's -1970's.

 HAMADA SHINSAKU (second son of Shoji Hamada) 1929~

There was no box with this when I bought it but the style, motif and nuka glaze is classic Shinsaku.

(Most likely-no box or mark)

MURATA GEN (村田元) 1904-1988

This faceted bottle/vase is nuka glaze with iron brushwork.
Murata Gen is one of the greatest Mashiko potters. He studied with Hamada Shoji. 

Mashiko-yaki tea bowl with Hakeme brushwork with pool of green glaze


I found this flask in a second hand shop, without a mark, box or identification papers. Interstingly enough I found matching cups in another second hand shop. Because of the color and similar styles in the pottery of Okinawa I originally placed them in that category. I have recently discovered similar "ring" shaped flasks categorized as Mashiko, one with the box with Mashiko written on it. I will now place this flask and matching guinomi in the Mashiko category. It is an unusual shape even for Mashiko. I hope to find out more about this  style and will post when I know more. I do know that Mashiko potters, especially Shoji Hamada, did draw influence from Tsuboya yaki, the pottery of Okinawa.


Murasawa Hiroshi Kiln 村澤浩

Murasawa Hiroshima kiln 

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