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Title

Square vase

circa 1950-1960


Artist

SUZUKI Osamu

Japan

1926 - 2001


About

Suzuki Osamu is an important figure in the vanguard movement of Japanese ceramics. Born in Kyoto in 1926, he graduated in ceramics from the Kyoto Municipal Technological School in 1943. Suzuki first exhibited in 1947, in the third 'Nitten' (Japan art exhibition). In 1948 he was one of the founders of the avant-garde 'Sodeisha' group, with whom he exhibited regularly.

Suzuki entered the competition of the 'Shinshôkai' (New Craftsman's Group) in 1949, which was at the time headed by the potter Tomimoto Kenkichi, and won a prize for his piece. Suzuki participated in many exhibitions, both in Japan and overseas, and has been awarded many prizes. For some years he was a judge for the Japan Traditional Crafts exhibitions. Following the death of Kazuo Yagi in 1979, Suzuki became head of the Sodeisha group, and his work was included in the group's exhibition that toured Australia in 1979-81.

In much of his work, Suzuki has been inspired by the neolithic clay figures called 'dôgu', as well as by the slightly later 'haniwa' figures. While the source of his inspiration is these figures, he has abstracted his shapes and is concerned with exploring and disrupting the planes and textures of the surfaces of his objects. Suzuki worked in celadon as well as with plain clay.


Details


Other Title

Vase


Alternative title

Hô-ko


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1950-1960


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware


Dimensions

18.5 x 29.0 x 9.7 cm


Signature & date

Signed base, in Japanese, impressed "Su [initial of Suzuki]". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Norman Sparnon 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

419.1988


Artist information

SUZUKI Osamu

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Norman Sparnon, Japanese Flower Arrangements, Tokyo, 1960, (colour illus.). colour plate no. 59