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Twisted pot, white Kohiki glaze

Artist: Shozo Michikawa (1953 - )
Date: 2009
21st Century
Dimensions: 14.5 x 7 x 6.5 in. (36.83 x 17.78 x 16.51 cm)
Object Type: Vessel
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Stoneware
Credit Line: Gift of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz
Accession Number: 2016.27.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

One of the great masters of modern Japanese ceramics, Shozo Michikawa lives and works in Seto, an ancient center of pottery where Japan’s first high-fired, ash-glazed ceramics were produced. The traditional kohiki glaze seen on this work, a combination of white slip and translucent glaze, was popular among warrior-class patrons of the tea ceremony in the 16th century, and was originally inspired by imported Korean ceramics. He aspires to create pieces that fall somewhere between the functional and the purely sculptural, reflecting both the utilitarian role of pottery and the culture of modern fine art. According to the artist, the pot’s twisting form – an innovation for which he is well known – evokes the power of nature and the energy of the human body.


Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, September 29-December 16, 2016


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