Seiji Incense Burner 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 (kanyu) 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, Mr. 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 inspired lidded incense burner (kōro) is done in celadon and accented with low-relief details. Its geometric form makes it the ideal accessory for any modern décor.
Although kōro of this type are traditionally used for holding pieces of smoldering charcoal upon which powdered incense is burned, this piece can easily accommodate stick types as well. Incense is used while the lid is off, wafting through the holes for a time when the lid is replaced.
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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