ceramics

WAKAO Toshisada | Gray Shino Round Plate Half Moon

WAKAO Toshisada  若尾利貞(1933- )
Gray Shino Round Plate Half Moon 丸皿 半月, 2008
H1.75” x Dia10”, H4.45 x Dia25.5cm
Gray feldspar and white feldspar glazed Stoneware
Signed at the back
With Signed Wooden Box

Descended from a long line of potters, Wakao Toshisada began working at his father's kiln as a young teenager. By day he assisted in his father's work, but in the evenings Wakao developed his own personal artistic style. He found the most success in a novel form of the traditional Shino ware, in which he incorporates delicate Rimpa school-style painting on the surface.

The Shino technique dates back to the 16th century in Japan. The lore surrounding the style holds that one Japanese master traveled to China, and upon his return he tried to recreate the beautiful white porcelain he had seen there. While unsuccessful in his original goal, this master instead created what we now know as Shino. Wakao has transformed the Shino tradition by coming to his work as a painter would approach a canvas.

Here, a sensitive different shades of grey Shino glaze provides the ground for a beautiful progression of flora. Like a Rimpa school scroll, this plate displays season: Suzuki grass and bellflowers for autumn. The round form and mix of shiny and matte surfaces enhance the delicate beauty of the plate. Wakao's supreme artistry is certainly on display here-he has elevated the Shino style to a higher plane, and created a beautiful plate.

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