My apologies to everyone who received this post earlier today in error. Hit the publish key instead of the draft key! All too easy to do on a phone! Now for the real post!
In Part 1 of our look at the pottery of Heian Kouzan, we looked at glazed and painted pots. In today’s post, Part 2, we’ll take a look at unglazed Heian Kouzan, the pots of Heian Kouzan 2nd Generation, some shohin bonsai in Heian Kouzan pots, and Heian Kouzan artist marks.
Unglazed Heian Kouzan
An unglazed Kouo from my collection. The 6 footed base and hemp rope rim are characteristic Kouzan, used in both early and late work. For an incredible example of earlier work, fired in a climbing kiln, in this style, see Peter Warren’s translated article in the first Bonsai Focus of the year. There’s a great piece in there with a fine oil droplet glaze!
A matched pair of Kouo with box and signed cloth. It’s rare to find Kouzan or Kouo with signed box and cloth, rarer still to find a matched pair. The strong bold lines of the pots are typical of Kouo unglazed pots.
And for our last look at unglazed Kouzan, we have An unglazed rectangle with black landscape. The pot itself, with it’s clean, sharp lines is characteristic of Kouzan’s work, though the black overglaze enamel is a rarity.
Second Generation Heian Kouzan
Second Generation Kouzan are most typically rounds, as Kouzan Jr was a master of the wheel. While his non wheel thrown pots are nice, they don’t approach the quality and fine detail of the father.
This one is a true rarity, and seen on both 1st and second generation Kouzan. The chop is called “Yamaha Sen”, and Kouzan pots with this chop were specially commissioned by Mr. Hatanaka, author of the famous book on bonsai pottery.
This is something unique! We don’t often see Shinpaku in glazed pots, much less recognized shohin treasures! Somehow, it works, though it’s certainly off putting at first, as nothing more than custom.
A raft, or sinuous root, style kaede bonsai in a deeper blue glazed Kouzan. Often, artists will leave the glaze off the feet to show off the clay. In this case, the clay compliments the trunk color, a very nice detail.
And last, I stepped outside this afternoon and snapped a quick pic of one of my shohin Zelkova brooms, in a yellow second generation Heian Kouzan pot. Here in the deep deep south, early November is still early fall, before the leaves change. This was one of the trees I was planning to use for a shohin display submission for Artisans Cup. A few days in the fridge and Bam! Red and yellow fall colors days before the show. Would’ve looked great with the yellow Kouzan pot. Already looking forward to 2015!
Thanks for reading this second part of the pottery of Heian Kouzan. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Up next, painted pots from Shunka Shozan, the whimsical minis of Heian Sho-ami, and antique Chinese pots!