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Mashiko Yaki Lidded Jar; Oushima Shou, ca. 1965

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Mashiko ware lidded jar by local potter Oushima Shou. H. 14.5" x Body Dia. 10.5". Purchased in 1965. Mottled light green Irabo-type glaze with some color changes on body. There are some chip repairs on the inside of the lid done in lacquer and synthetic gold (see detail photo.) The post-war years in Mashiko saw a growth in decorative pottery such as this. Previosuly a traditional pottery town making strictly utilitarian wares since 1853, it was put on the map worldwide when potter Shoji Hamada settled there in 1923. He also made functional wares, but with the new sensiblity of an artist-potter with international experiences and influences, while still deriving his main inspiration from "mingei" (folk crafts.) Several local pottery families had made the necessary switch from things like water jars and grinding bowls to pots like this as Mashiko slowly became a center of pottery galleries that drew enthusiasts from Tokyo and beyond.