YAMADA Kazu

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YAMADA Kazu


Yamada Kazu (1954-) created this excellent water jar in the ki-seto glaze, which features incised natural elements such as grasses, flowers on a yellow stone-colored ground. Originating in the 16th century, this technique (like celadon glaze) requires very careful and skillful oxidize firing in order to create the delicate yellow color from iron glaze and sandy moist surface. Yamada's water jar is a masterful example of this subdued style, with its subtle asymmetries and delicate and random surface decoration. The jar was skillfully thrown on a wheel and gently pushed out from inside out! The flower and weed motif is incised into the surface and sometimes accentuated with a dash of green copper pigment. These sinuous lines create a graceful movement that leads the viewer's eye over the work to its solid foot. In this work, Yamada masters traditional Japanese forms and styles, bringing them solidly into the modern idiom.

YAMADA Kazu

1954 Born in Tokoname, Aichi
1976 Graduated at Osaka Art University
Built his own kiln at Echizen
1988-89 Built kiln in Germany

Kiseto Water Jar
H8" x Dia7.5"
With signed wood box
$ 3,250