Seiji Spirits Glass by Ikai Yūichi
Ikai Yūichi has trained under designated Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004), an artist renowned for his unhindered exploration into several ceramic disciplines, including iron and ash glazes like tenmoku and celadon. With such an inspirational pioneer to serve as his sensei, it was only natural that Ikai would venture into these areas himself some day.
Among the ash glazes in Ikai Yūichi's glazing repertory, celadon is one where he has firmly established his name. Called seiji in Japanese, the glaze is denoted by a network of fine cracks (kanyū) which forms beneath the glassy surface of the glaze while cooling in the kiln. In order for these details to develop sufficiently, precise forming and uniform glazing are essential - strict requirements rather hard to accept for an artist who avoids the mechanization of his craft. As a result, Ikai chooses the much more difficult path of dipping his celadon pots, and that has put him in territory that few Japanese potters dare to enter.
This beautiful shuwan (vessel for distilled spirits) is a testament to Ikai Yūichi's unique approach to the seiji technique. A mosaic of fine, overlapping kanyū layers floats upon a powdery blue sea which ebbs from the footring just enough to afford a view of the rich brown clay body - a vision of earth and sky that is quite sublime.
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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