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Collection

KONISHI Tozo

(Japan 1948 – )

Bizen ware

(Japan  – )

Title
"Koku"
Other titles:
Bizen ware jar
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware
Dimensions

38.0 x 35.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 2004
Accession number
272.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

Konishi Tozo works in the traditional ceramic-producing centre of Bizen, Okayama, and has exhibited at regional and national shows, including the Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts, since 1972. In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious Kaneshige Toyo prize. As with Inuyama Takuya [see Acc.no. 271.2004], his work shows a modern take on an ancient ceramic tradition: the donated vessel is executed in traditional high-fired Bizen stoneware, with its natural ash glaze effects and organic feel, but the intervention of the ceramic artist is keenly felt in the modern, angular, sculptural form (suggested by the name 'koku', which means 'carved' or 'sculpted').

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2004.