Vase with design of spiderwort

Artist: Sakai Yoshihito (Japan, born 1931)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1991
Porcelain with pale blue glaze
H x W x D: 35.3 x 28.6 x 28.6 cm (13 7/8 x 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in)
Japan, Ehime prefecture, Tobe
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, pale blue glaze, porcelain, spiderwort
Provenance research underway.

According to the artist, "This wheel-thrown vase, made with Tobe porcelain clay, was fired in a gas kiln.  A potter throwing on a wheel usually presses a wooden tool called a rib against the inner surface of the vessel wall, but I prefer to use the rib on the outer surface in order to erase completely the traces of my fingers.  I incised the design of flowers while the clay was still soft, using a sharpened blade.  I emphasized the three-dimensionality of the design and also tried for a fine, sharp line.  The glaze, mixed from ash of wild isu wood (Distylium racemosum) and iron-bearing china stone, is free-flowing and fairly blue."

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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