Exhibitions/ Art Object

日本 兼田昌尚  (1953年生)  萩焼花器 (2003年)
Flower Container

Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953; active Yamaguchi)
Heisei period (1989–present),
Stoneware with brown glaze; Hagi ware
16 1/2 x 15 in. (41.9 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The B. D. G. Leviton Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Kaneta Masanao
Not on view
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.”
Signature: Signed: Masanao tsukuru
Sealed: Masanao
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