Today we’ll take a look at painted pots by Shuuiudou Yuraku. He was born in 1953, and died in 2001. Yuraku was exposed to the work of Tsukinowa Yusen early in his career, at age 30-1983, during the boom of bonsai and bonsai pottery in Japan. He would spend the rest of his life emulating and glorifying Yusen’s style. Later work shows an individual painting style that differs from Yusen, very highly refined and detailed. Through trial and error, he duplicated the work of the master, and it’s said that his greatest works are the equal of Yusen’s from his heyday. Less than a hundred of his pots of the professional stage of his career are still in existence.
Let’s take a look at some of his pots!
A trio of waterfowl in the 3 basic porcelain painting styles: Sometsuke, Akae, and Go-Sai. All three are copies of Yusen pots, the last being a quite famous one featured in the Kinbon 3 volume pot book set, Yuraku section, page 79.
With the first month passing us by, we’ll finish up our look today with well wishes for the new year. Pine, Bamboo, and plum, traditional Japanese symbols for long life and strength, vitality and vigor, and reawakening in the New Year.
Hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at the pots of Yuraku! Check back soon, I’m writing up a post on Takao Koyo as I put the final touches on this one!