Hanging Flower Vase

Title

Hanging Flower Vase

Creator

Seimei TSUJI
Japanese, 1927–2008

Date

1967

Description

In 1955 Tsuji built one of the first modern noborigama kilns, a multi-chamber climbing oven that allows pieces to be fired at different temperatures depending on where they are placed. In Tsuji’s wood-firing technique, ash from the wood swirls around the inside of the kiln and lands on the pottery during the firing process, distorting the colors. Tsuji explained, “Pottery uses the five elements that give this planet life: clay, water, fire, wind and sky, along with the potter's hand working in harmony. Thus beauty is born.”

The dripped pattern of black streaks on the hanging vase show that it was fired on its side. A hole in the back of the vase allows it to be attached to the wall in a tokonoma (display alcove) or elsewhere using s simple hook or string.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Identifier

86.334

Rights

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

Format

Shigaraki stoneware; 6-1/8 x 3-7/8 in. (15.6 x 9.9 cm)