His real name is “河村 政春” “Kawamura Seishun”. A veteran of more than 40 years as a bonsai grower, enthusiast, and lover, he is especially known for his maples. Shozan began making pots as a hobby 6 years ago. The works are all single block carved, and feature some of the best glazes I’ve seen from any modern potter, both in kiln change type glazes and clean, pure colors. Most of his glazes are kiln change type, in the best Japanese tradition of Tofukuji.
The following is a selection of pots from Shozan, most from my collection, as I’ve purchased nearly every one I could find!
I really like this small shohin pot, with it’s flowing browns, reds, greens and yellows.
Rectangle with lip, wraparound glaze, and feet. I really like the full coverage of the glaze, which is really nice with it’s swirling browns and greens.
Another footed rectangle with an interesting swirling glaze. Brighter than the previous piece, and larger as well.
A couple of bright, single colored semicascade squares. Clean, bright colors on these two pots.
Large shallow quince shape with red glaze and gold flecks. Difficult to use, but nice in its own right!
A solid color pink pot. Even more difficult to use than the previous piece, but certainly unique!
Cream quince shape with reddish brown drips. Really nice wraparound glaze.
Quince shape with mottled reds, whites, an browns. Really unique multi-color glaze!
Another quince with multi-color glaze. Really neat swirling colors in this one.
Oval red with pink highlights to the sides(second image).
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little selection of pots from Shunka Shozan. I think we’ll be hearing much more about this potter in years to come!