Artist: Nakao Yasuzumi (Japan, born 1950)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with polychrome inlay under colorless glaze
Arita ware
H x Diam: 34.4 x 3.8 cm (13 9/16 x 1 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

The artist wrote of this work: "In order to produce a linear pattern finer than any brush could paint, I inlaid different colors of liquid porcelain clay into incisions made with an extremely sharp knife.  Before applying each color, I used wax to mask the areas I did not want to fill; after that color was applied, the wax had to be removed by low-temperature firing before applying the next color.  Finally I applied the clear glaze and fired the piece at high temperature.  These repeated firings create the possibility of damage.  It took me a long time to learn how to overcome that difficulty, but recently I have finally gained some control over the technique and can create the kind of object I envisioned."

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