The inspiration for Hara Kiyoshi 原 清 (b. 1936)’s works lie in forms inspired by Chinese ceramics. In his 20s, he studied these ancient iron-glaze techniques under Ishiguro Munemaro 石黒 宗麿 (1893-1968) in 1954, and Shimizu Uichi 清水 卯一(1926-2012) shortly after, both of whom were both designated as Living National Treasures in their lifetimes.
He opened his own kiln in Stagaya Tokyo in 1965 and was conferred the Chairman’s Award at the Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition in 1969, and several other prestigious awards in Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi & elsewhere. This newly arrived work at Dai Ichi Arts is a spectacular exemplification of his illustrious career, where a dark iron glaze frames a sturdy and pure white slip on this Mizusashi. Further characterising this sturdiness, a lone horse stands upon the water jar’s lid. An elegant and playful portrayal of the Horse zodiac in Japanese literature. The lid is embellished by a traditional and elegant Kintsugi repair.