Vase

Title

Vase

Creator

Unknown artist
Japanese, 20th century

Date

c. 1967

Description

This vase in the form of a sumi ink dropper originates from Karatsu, which is known for its simple, sturdy style of pottery. Karatsu pottery is made from a clay high in iron and can be undecorated or decorated with an iron-based underglaze, giving an earthy, simple, and natural feeling to the pieces. Karatsu ware is fired in climbing kilns, which have multiple chambers on different levels. This maximizes the total kiln capacity and, because heat rises through the chambers, variety of pottery and glazes that can be fired at once. This vase was applied with a simple rice ash glaze, which acts as a sealant.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Identifier

86.371

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Karatsu stoneware; 3-1/2 x 5 in. (8.9 x 12.7 cm)