Man Nen (Ten Thousand Years)

Isezaki Jun Japanese

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In 1961, Isezaki revived the single-chamber anagama, or tunnel kiln, a firing method that produces wood-ash glazes. The finest Bizen pieces are often the result of careful design and fortuitous accident. Hand-built, this piece was coated in an iron-rich slip with black pigment and placed in the kiln near the firebox where it could be blasted with wood ash that melted on its surface. The artist was designated a Living National Treasure in 2004.

Man Nen (Ten Thousand Years), Isezaki Jun (Japanese, born 1936), Stoneware with black slip (Bizen ware), Japan

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