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Flower Container

Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953; active Yamaguchi)

Period:
Heisei period (1989–present),
Date:
2003
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Stoneware with brown glaze; Hagi ware
Dimensions:
16 1/2 x 15 in. (41.9 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, The B. D. G. Leviton Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.368
Rights and Reproduction:
© Kaneta Masanao
  • Description

    This vessel with a golden-brown glaze has the primordial shape of an egg. The top appears to have erupted, as though pushed from within by a life-force. Instead of being thrown on the wheel, the vessel was hand built, with its interior carved and its exterior patted into shape, expressing the potter’s primary concern for the discovery of form. According to the artist’s own credo, the vessel is “free of the wheel that shapes the clay.”

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