Pots by Okatani Zeshin 2

Here are a few more pots for your consideration by Yokohama guild master craftsman Okatani Zeshin, enjoy.  Thanks to friend and fellow collector Matt Ouwinga for taking the time to take these photos for us.

A fascinating pot with Demon feet.  If you glance back at the “From My Collection 3” post, the mame pot by Sekishin has very similar feet, unsurprising since he is one of the many potters who learned from Zeshin.


A Great pot with multiple Hankos and carved monks.  I especially like the glaze on this pot, the way it bleeds into the unglazed, carved portion is great.



One of my favorite Zeshins.  the demons carved on either side are great and detailed, downright scary!  The glaze is masterful as well, rich blended colors with depth and great drip detail.


I like the glaze on this one as well, the red glazed crab stands in stark contrast to the blues of the main glaze.


A nice little cascade, perhaps a bit more usable than other Zeshins….


Another great little demon pot!




This one is unique.  The way the carving is presented in the jagged window is strange, I almost expect it to say “Pow!” or “Bang!” Batman style.


A great little crab pot with cool glaze effects.  As you can see from these posts, Zeshin was a master at blending glazed and unglazed carving.  I wish he made more pots that were simply glazed, his colors are rich and deep, also unique.  I have the only simply glazed one I know of, with detailed carvings restricted to the bottom, Ill pop that up in a future post.

I Hope you’ve enjoyed this second selection of pots from Okatani Zeshin.  The next potter I’ll be featuring on the blog will be a master of unglazed pots, Kamiya Ryuen, Stay Tuned.


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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 gastrognome@aol.com
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2 Responses to Pots by Okatani Zeshin 2

  1. Pingback: Okatani Zeshin Part 3 | Japanese Bonsai Pots Blog

  2. Dave says:

    Amazing post, thank you for share to us! Okatani Seshin use any Stamp in their pots? Do you have any image of his stamp?

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