The glazed and painted bonsai pots of contemporary Japanese potter Ino Shukuho are some of the best one can find for the money, in the same price bracket as more well known potters Kouyo and Ikkou. His glazed pots are especially magnificient, showing clear influences of Tofukuji and Aiso, while his painted pots are nice as well, showing the influence of traditional Kyoto painted ware.
Born February 13, 1943, in Kyoto, Japan. His pots are completely handmade, and according to Yoshoen, his pottery techniques limit production to a maximum of 3-4 pots daily. The vast majority of his pots are rectangles or squares, ovals are few and far between.
The above 4 pots are typical of Ino’s style of pot with Oribe and green glazes with various other glaze highlights. The silver overglaze speckling on these is an Ino signature move, as we’ve seen in previous posts, a clear homage to Tofukuji. One of my favorite things about these pots, they’re clearly artistic, with myriad coloration and bright splashes, but they never seem to overwhelm the trees that are in them. One can see numerous examples of a host of different species planted in this glaze style Ino pot in Gafu Ten Exhibition books.
An atypical white glazed pot with blue glaze highlights.
A marvelous red and green bi-color pot with some very light blue accenting on the red side. A very thick glaze on this pot, if youd told me it was made by Aiso, Imaoka, or Tofukuji, I would believe it!
Light blue glaze square with fancy feet and excellent patina. The richness and depth in this blue is outstanding!
A very nice indigo glaze with indented corners. Once again, the glaze is rich and deep.
Two yellow glazed pots, the clarity and brightness of the yellow is eye catching. Although yellows and bright reds dont seem to be popular here in the west, in Japan theyre more common. I dont think anyones collection is complete without a few loud yellows!
Another one I’d guess was a Tofukuji if I didnt know better. Thick baby blue glaze and a very nice patina.
A few of the sometsuke of Ino. As you can see, his painting pots dont rival the greats of his time in detail and quality, but they have their own charms. The plum blossoms in the first pot are very detailed and well presented. I also really like the tree details in the second and third pots, and the horseman in the last pot. One thing that gets me about his sometsuke is that the feet and rims are rarely painted(first pot exception excluded!)two details that I value highly in looking at quality painting pots.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few pots by master potter Ino Shukuho. In the next post Ill take a look at a few more pots, and maybe a tree or two, from my collection, and then on to a feature on “Bang for you buck” potters, at the requests of a few fellow posters and bloggers….You know who you are!