Shigaraki tsubo


Storage jar
Tsujimura Shiro (b. 1947)
Shigaraki-yaki, stoneware with natural ash glaze
Japan, Hesei period (1989- ), ca. 1990
H. 19.3 in (49cm) – Ø. 18.9 in (48cm)

Shiro Tsujimura was born in Gose, in Nara Prefecture, in 1947. In the course of his studies in Tokyo, he became well versed in oil painting techniques. During a 1965 visit he made to the Mingeikan (Japanese Folk Crafts Museum), founded by philosopher Soetsu Yanagi, he was awestruck by the beauty of a Korean tea bowl. This 16th century Ido chawan would change his life. Tsujimura became an internationally recognized artist, who took satisfaction in reiterating that he had had no mentor, and that he had no apprentices. Asked to recognize the influence of a master, he chose to identify the field of tea ceramics (chadogu) itself as his guiding light. His fertile work is abundantly inspired by this art, and finds its sources and strength in the Japanese archipelago’s medieval period, and the pottery from the famous “six kilns” (Rokkoyō). This storage jar (tsubo) was created using several centuries old techniques, and is made from the extraordinary orange clay from the floor of Lake Biwa.