Sanshu Ichiyo was born In Aichi prefecture in 1902, and passed away in 1985. His family ran a wholesale China store, an he later ran a similar operation in Tokyo. Selling pottery, he had a unique opportunity to study different styles and types popular around Japan at the time, and eventually began making his own. He is thoroughly self educated.
Along with notable potters like Tofukuji and Uematsu Tosui(another renowned pottery wholesaler come pottery designer), it is believed that Ichiyo, along with close friend Ichikawa Taishu, were pivotal in ushering in the age of respect for Japanese ceramicists in the 20th century. His admirers are legion, and his apprentices include such notable notables as Ito Gekkou, Ito Tonyo, Shiko, Tankyou, and Sugiura Keisen.
Now, on to the pots!
And we’ll finish up with this either blue-green or green-blue bag style pot. A great example of Ichiyos individual and unique glazes. The robins egg flecks bring out a darkness in the glaze, that, up close, appears quite bright and light.
Oops! Nearly forgot this one! I identified this pot as Sanshu Ichiyo for Bill Valavanis when I was at his nursery last November. This Ichiyo originally came from Yuuji Yoshimura. Ichiyo of this size(the chrysanthemum is 27 inches) are rare, an the glaze is the very green-blue that Ichiyo is famous for. A masterpiece pot! The photo comes from “Classical Bonsai Art: A Half Century of Bonsai Study”. An excellent book, I highly recommend!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at pots from Sanshu Ichiyo. Up next, we’ll take a look at master unglazed potter Wazyaku, then, the whimsical painted pots of Heian Shoami, and, then, the masterpiece pottery of Ichinokura Sekisyu.
Thanks for reading!