I’m on a posting blitz! After a month of not posting, I have several nearing completion, so, settle back for the third post in as many days.
If you look through Kokofu albums, most of the containers are, of course, antique Chinese. But following in second place is the work of Suzuki Syuzan(1928-1988). Well known as a potter of bonsai pots that are practical, and easy to use, Syuzan first came to prominence in the 60s with lovers of Satsuki. His kiln was located in the suburbs of Nagoya. The clay he uses is Chinese, and of extremely high quality, And his pots have a level of attention to detail rarely seen. He was known to be uncompromising in his search for quality clay, as well as in the details of his pots.
Let’s take a look at his work.
A glazed round riveted drum with cut feet, from my collection. Nice patina in this piece! We’ve talked a bit about potters that intentionally leave the feet unglazed to show the high quality of the clay, as opposed to sloppy glaze work. In Syuzan’s case, it’s always the former.
An atypically glazed Syuzan. The glaze looks to be similar to my drum above, although on a wider surface. Take note of the original color of the glaze, which can be seen on the drip on the inside. It’s counterintuitive, but the interior of pots patinates at a much slower rate than the exterior.
And we’ll finish up with a stepped foot rectangle with lip and lightly cut corners. Very nice…very easy too use, like all Syuzan pots. Practical and elegant, well made though rarely showy, which, interestingly, makes them most suitable for show.