Haiyūsai Single Flower Vase by Ikai Yūichi

Ikai Yuichi's name in Japanese

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Kyoto native Ikai Yūichi has trained under the late Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) who, in 1985, was awarded the title of Living National Treasure for his outstanding work in ceramic making.  And it is from his sensei that Ikai learned the secrets to coaxing subtle hues and fluid effects from the oldest and most rudimentary of all glazes - hai, or ash.

Now an established ceramic artist in his own right, Ikai Yūichi has developed a unique approach to pottery making over the years: that is, to intervene as little as possible between nature and the work itself.  As a result, any sort of mechanization to his craft is minimized, or avoided altogether, at every step of the creative process.  His glazes are unfiltered and additive free, made from a simple mixture of water and straw, oak, or cedar ash.  The clays he uses are grainy and unprocessed, and forming tools are often just the broken end of a tree branch.  Imperfection and asymmetry are emphasized over mechanical precision or any contrived embellishments.

This single flower vase, or ichirin-zashi, is done in a light cedar ash glaze and accented with iron-rich brushwork.  The clay was briskly cut away with a branch, cleaving into a roughly textured landscape.

A Zen inspired piece intended for the display of one solitary blossom.
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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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 incmlbskg
diameter 3.8" 9.6    
height 11.4" 29.0    
weight     3.31 1.5
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