The Pottery of Watanabe Kazuhiro(Ikkou)

Watanabe Kazuhiro is a contemporary Tokoname potter.  Both his glazed and unglazed pots are popular, although prices are consistent and very reasonable for the quality.  Born November 13, 1956, the son of famous master potter Watanabe Masami of the Syouzan Kaneshou pottery, Ikkou was trained by his father in the art unglazed pots which his father made exclusively.  Although his family background and training are in the making of unglazed pots, his glazed pots, techniques for which he is completely self taught, are wonderful.  My favorite glazes of Ikkou are his blues and greens, normally I prefer his pots pure and single colored, although his greens with slilver overglaze detail and blue overglaze highlights, like the two from my shelves, below, are also very nice.

6.3 x 2.5 inches, My Collection

6 x 3 inches, My Collection

6 x 4 x 1 inches. My Collection

18.6 x 14.4 x 4.9 cm Copyright Yorozuen

My favorite style and color of Ikkou pot.  I love Mokko shape pots by Ikkou, especially in this milk blue glaze.

14.8 x 12.2 x 5.1 cm Copyright Yorozuen

Another style of Mokko pot, deeper with more angular feet.

14.3 x 11.8 x 5.1 cm Copyright Yorozuen

18.1 x 14.8 x 5.3 cm Copyright Yorozuen

This is an interesting glaze for an Ikkou, I havent seen its like.  The depth of the indigo glaze is remarkable, and the full cloud feet are very nice.  Very Tofukujiesque.

7 x 17.8 x 4.3 cm Copyright Yorozuen

A Milk blue oval with a marvelous patina.  I love how this glaze color ages.

17 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm Copyright Yorozuen

The Light green and Yellow glazed pots of Ikkou are nice as well, although I prefer the blues, I wouldnt kick this one off my shelves!

15.7 x 12.9 x 4.7 cm Copyright Yorozuen

19.7 x 13.9 x 2.7 cm Copyright Yorozuen

9.8 x 8 x 3.8 cm Copyright Yorozuen

11.5 x 9 x 4.1 cm Copyright Yorozuen

17.2 x 13.7 x 4.4 cm Copyright Yorozuen

18.4 x 13.3 x 5.4 cm Copyright Yorozuen

In Ikkou’s unglazed pots, it is really easy to see the clean lines, marvelous corner details, foot details, and finishing that his father is a master of as well.  I find his unglazed pots especially suited for black pines, as their color and character lends themselves to the king of bonsai.

Hope you enjoyed reading about Watanabe Kazuhiro.  In the next post I show off a few more interesting pots from my shelves, then a feature on potter Ino Shukuho.


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I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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5 Responses to The Pottery of Watanabe Kazuhiro(Ikkou)

  1. Hola encantado de leer su blog, me gusta mucho.
    Queria hacerle una pregunta y si fuera tan amable si peude ayudarme le estaria muy agradecido. Tengo una maceta japonesa con sello de EIRAKU de nombre ITSUO TAFEUCHI. Usted conoce este autor?
    Un saludo desde España (Valencia).
    Me llamo Pedro y mi correo es:

  2. Hello,

    Where can I find some amazing pot of Ikkou like this one:

    Because I like it and I want one for a little maple ^^

    Thank you.

    Have a nice week-end.

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