Okay, so maybe “The Best Co-op Ever!” is a bit of hyperbole. But, when I saw this two pot set from two of my favorite artists, I almost fainted dead away.
The two pot set, and the signature and stamp on the bottom of each. The painted signature is, of course, Kutani Ikko. The stamp? Bushuan, Shigeru Fukuda.
From the four sides.
Some detail shots. The shading and brushwork is incredible.
The 5 color, from four sides.
Like most Kutani Ikko, the detail is really first rate. A more typical subject matter for Kutani Yaki on this piece.
I make no secret here that Bushuan is one of my favorite potters, so to see a collaboration with one of my favorite contemporary painters is something special! While I have you, let’s look at
Some More Kutani Ikko
You can refer back in the Table of Contents to the first post I did on Kutani Ikko. Here are a few more that I didn’t feature in that post.
A really nice Mokko shape Akae co-op between Kutani Ikko and Takao Koyo.
The classic double pheasants. I’ve sen versions of this motif from just about all the major painters, Yusen, Gekkou, Yuzan, ect…
And we’ll finish up today with this wonderfully detailed akae dragon pot, with Heian Kouzan style latticework in gold. Why more needs to be said? Badass.
Thanks for reading!