Making Ceramics

Eiraku Hozen Japanese

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Hozen, the eleventh-generation master of the Nishimura family, learned pottery techniques in Kyoto and produced tea utensils prized by the Sen family of tea masters. After 1827, he sealed his works as “Eiraku.” He produced a variety of fine-quality wares, most of them special orders, including blue-and-white porcelain, copies of Chinese porcelain, and Cochin-style (Kōchi ware) works with polychrome glazes. One of his signature techniques was the delicate application of overglaze gold patterns (kinrande) on red ground. Furthermore, Hozen made numerous copies of Ninsei ware. He was one of the most influential ceramists in Kyoto in the nineteenth century. An amateur painter, he created this series of six hanging scrolls (18.77.2–.7) depicting the process of ceramic production.

Three men at the stokehole of a roofed climbing kiln fire the kiln. Bundles of firewood in the foreground are ready to be inserted into the firebox.

Making Ceramics, Eiraku Hozen (Japanese, 1795–1854), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan

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