…must find a way to see this exhibition – it’s currently at the Moa Museum, perhaps a good reason to visit Shizuoka, a prefecture I’ve yet to explore. The third generation of a traditional overglaze family in Kanazawa, Tokuda Yasokichi III was trained in Kutani techniques, but pioneered his own contemporary approach called saiyu, for which he was named a National Living Treasure (人間国宝 or ningen-kokuhou). Works like the one above would be painstakingly applied with up to 200 gradational blends of Kutani overglaze colors to achieve the soft transitions seen in the image.
A gallery of images from our first weekend in Japan spent volunteering in Mashiko cleaning bricks, etc. for local potters. We traveled out by train and stayed at Mashiko-dokei, a great little cafe and inn.