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Toyo Kaneshige, Japanese, (1894–1967)
Bottle (Bizan ware), 1956
Stoneware, glazed
8 1/4 in. x 5 in. x 5 in. (20.96 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: L78.1.260


Commentary
"In contrast to Western artists, the Japanese traditional potter is more accepting of random and unexplained results produced by the interaction of artist, clay, and kiln. Bottle, 1956 by Toyo Kaneshige (1894-1978), is irregular and nonsymmetrical in shape, with a pitted surface and random coloration caused by salt glazing. Pristine finishes and shapes are rejected, as they interfere with the natural, unrestrained expression of the potter."
(Kay Koeninger, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 22)

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Salt glazed stoneware; thrown and altered.

Object Description
Bottle with flattened sides and narrow neck, in brown, gray, and rust glazes. Two small dots of clay appliquéd to sides of neck.

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