A Very Special Pot

I acquired this pot for a friend who was looking for something really nice for a wonderful semi cascade Shinpaku, and in the process learned some marvelous information I thought would be great to share.
This pot was made by the third Ueda Naokata (if you haven’t heard of him, don’t fret, neither had I), a very highly respected potter from a very highly respected pottery family of Shigaraki.
The third Naokata was born in 1898, and while previous generations focused on teapots and cups, he was the first of his family line to make Bonsai pots. His surviving Bonsai pottery is exceedingly rare and precious, almost never seen.
What I found most interesting about this potter is his apparent influence on the work of Heian Tofukuji. Tofukuji imitated the works of Naokata, and it is said that he learned the “Tebineri” method of pottery from him. I think a simple glance at this pot by anyone familiar with the pots of Tofukuji confirms this. A fascinating piece of Bonsai pottery history.
Note the marvelous pear skin clay, and the delicately thin walled construction. The finger indentations from hand formed twisting technique are clearly seen on the inside. The feet are nicely carved and level. A fantastic pot.





About japanesepots

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 gastrognome@aol.com
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3 Responses to A Very Special Pot

  1. Frank Cucchiara says:

    Boy ———- That’s one lucky guy ! Great looking pot and history .


  2. Mark Wiesman says:

    I didn’t know any of the Naokata folks made bonsai pots. They are considered sort of the second tier of potters by most, though there are a couple of sights on the web that promote them…

    • japanesepots says:

      Only the third generation made bonsai containers. Bonsai pottery and it’s great artists are almost entirely separate from other fields of pottery in Asia. Many of the great Antique Chinese kilns made bonsai pots in addition to their other wares, but for the most part, it’s an entirely separate field.

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