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Kanjiro Kawai

Kanjiro Kawai

Dish, stoneware, slip trailing striped patterns





Bold patterns consisting of straight and waving lines are drawn on the amber color surface of the dish using the tsutsugaki(slip trailing) technique. While the technique and patterns employed in this work originated from eighteenth-century British slipware, introduced by Shoji Hamada upon his return from Britain, Kawai’s impressive work here proves that he did not simply imitate the style, but sublimely made it his own. On the back Kawai has written “for daily use at Mikuni-so,” showing his sentiment for the important center of the Mingei Movement.