Iga Vase by Sawada Hiroyuki
Iga ware (Iga-yaki) is one member in Sawada Hiroyuki's ceramic making repertoire. Born in Mie Prefecture (central Japan) in the late 7th century, Iga became popular among the busho-chajin, or warrior tea men, who found its rustic tenor complimentary with the aesthetics of chanoyu.
Iga-yaki goes through a rigorous transformation inside the kiln. Fired at 1350°C (2460°F), pots become peppered when superheated grains of feldspar in the clay burst through their earthen bed. Heat change gradations and other yōhen (kiln changes) markings are the incidental effects which give Iga its individual character, ensuring that no two pieces are ever the same.
Although Iga is traditionally fired in large, wood-burning kilns, Sawada has developed a technique which takes advantage of his close proximity to Kurokawa charcoal. By packing a smaller oil-fired kiln with the dense, obsidian wood, a thick cloud of embers swirls around inside the kiln, enveloping pots with a natural glaze of vitrified ash called bīdoro - from the Portuguese word for glass. As a result, his Iga pots are a fluid collage of amber falls, emerald pastures and scorched earth.
Sawada Hiroyuki proudly displays his rendition of Iga in this lovely handled vase. It is tall enough to accommodate arrangements with long stemmed flowers. As an interior display piece, however, it makes a strong impression on its own.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
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