Unglazed flower vessel (yakishime kaki)

Yagi Kazuo Japanese

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One of the leaders of postwar Japanese ceramic art, Yagi explored both sculptural forms and utilitarian works. The composition of this three-legged vessel not only reflects the artist’s avant-garde aesthetic but also recalls animal figures. Thrown on the wheel, it was hand-assembled and its upper surface pierced with openings for flowers. Yagi’s use of unglazed clay—a connection with the earth as elemental source—was inspired by the works of Isamu Noguchi.

Unglazed flower vessel (yakishime kaki), Yagi Kazuo (Japanese, 1918–1979), Unglazed stoneware, Japan

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