Maruta studied with Shōji Hamada, who singled him out as “an artist to represent [Japanese] folk art to the West.” This vase was thrown on a potter’s wheel, fired at a high temperature, topped with a salt glaze and then fired again. The broad brushstrokes visible on the vase were created using the hakeme technique, in which a thick coat of slip is applied using a stiff brush made of straw (it resembles a small broom). Unlike Maruta’s vessels for sumi ink painting or the tea ceremony displayed in the exhibition, this spherical vase is simply decorative.
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University
This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.
Kuromata stoneware; diameter: 4-1/2 in. (11.4 cm)