Ōshima Hisaoki Ki-Seto Yunomi

Potter: Ōshima Hisaoki

Approximate size: W3.1″ by H3.7″ or 8.0 by 9.4 cm

For your consideration is a charming ki-Seto yunomi or tea cup by famous Seto potter Ōshima Hisaoki (1944-). He works from Nenohi-gama in Toki City, Gifu prefecture. Ki-Seto glaze contains a little amount of iron and produces yellow-brown colour. Towards the end of the 16th century, what is known as the Momoyama period, a potter from Seto moved to Mino province (now Gifu prefecture), and developed this glaze. Ki-Seto often have designs or motifs in green achieved through the addition of small amounts of copper sulfate and firing temperatures.

During the Meiji period, Seto ware adapted Western techniques, gaining great popularity. In addition to plain seto, the Mino kilns also produced several types of Seto wares from the mid-16th century, including Seto-guro (black Seto), and Ki-Seto (yellow Seto). Ki-Seto fired at the same kilns as Shino and Seto-guro wares during the Momoyama period, featured “fried bean-curd” glaze, Aburagede (油揚げ abura-age or aburage), developed in emulation of Chinese celadon’s. It utilizes an iron-rich wood-ash glaze and is reduction fired at a high temperature to produce a celadon-like texture and bone colour; in an oxygen-rich kiln, the minerals in the clay and glaze create a distinctive opaque yellow glaze.

Seto ware is the pottery made in Seto City and nearby areas of modern Aichi prefecture. The Seto area was the centre of pottery manufacture in the Kamakura period; ko-Seto (old-Seto), designates pieces made at this time. At the end of the Muromachi period the center of the pottery manufacture moved to nearby Mino. At that time wares made in the area from Seto to Mino were called Seto-yaki.

In the early Edo period, some pottery manufacture moved back to Seto. In 1822, Kato Tamikichi (1722-1824), introduced sometsuke jiki (blue-and-white porcelain; sometsuke), from Arita in modern Saga prefecture, and this porcelain, called shinsei or new production rather than the original Seto ware pottery, Hongyou became standard. The Japanese term Setomono is also used as a generic term for all pottery. Seto was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.

Signed on the the bottom and in mint condition, no chips or cracks. Comes with the original paulownia tomobako, storage box with and calligraphy on the lid.

€85 + shipping cost

The calligraphy on the lid of the box is translated as follows

久興作 - Hisaoki-saku
Made by Hisaoki Seal
子の日窯 - Ne no Hi-gama
Ne no Hi Kiln
久 - Hisa