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Collection

KAWAI Kanjiro

(Japan 1890 – 1966)

Title
Square bottle-vase
Place of origin
Japan
Year
circa 1960s
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
slab-mould stoneware with underglaze iron and copper red glaze
Dimensions

15.9 x 11.5 x 6.4 cm

Credit
Bequest of Patricia Englund 2005
Accession number
174.2005
Location
Not on display
Further information

Kawai Kanjiro was as important a potter as his contemporary and close friend, Hamada Shoji. Unlike Hamada, however, he refused all official honours and never travelled to the West. Inspired by the works of Bernard Leach, whom he met in 1911, he studied with Hamada Shoji at Tokyo Technical College and went with Hamada to the Kyoto Ceramics Research Institute. Kawai, who was famous for his mastery of glaze techniques, assimilated influences from Chinese, Korean and Japanese ceramics as well as the English slipware tradition.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2005.