Haiyūsai Ash Glazed Tsubo Jar by Ikai Yūichi
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.
On this magnificent tsubo jar, variations of pine and cedar ash glaze form demarcated strips of organic tones, subtly diffusing into an earthen bed still retaining the scars of its formation. An inspired collage of texture, form and color.
Although traditionally used for storing tea leaves and other dry goods, tsubo also serve as vessels for flower arrangements, and this one is large enough to accommodate grand compositions of branches and long stemmed flowers. As a decorative piece, however, it commands equal attention on its own.