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Kenji Funaki, Slip ware Dish

In the early Showa era, the flag-bearer of the folk art movement: Soetsu Yanagi often visited Shonai Matsue Fushina's kiln with Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach, and made efforts to restore the kiln that had declined due to the decline of export pottery. In particular, Leach stayed here and taught slipware, which was originally a British pottery.

Its simple and warm Galena glaze and modern design also strongly influenced the fourth generation of Fushina Yaki Funaki Kiln: Michitada Funaki (1900-1963), laying the foundation for the birth of Japanese slipwear.

Michitada's eldest son, the 5th generation: Kenji (1927-2015), studied under Hamada, and later visited the Leach kiln of England: St Ives to study and become a leading slipware writer in Japan.


* This work is a long slip bowl that can be said to be a classic slip, using iron lead glaze (name written on the box), which is his favorite stunt influenced by Michitada. Probably brown is iron glaze, and yellow is the lead glaze (Galena glaze).

The porcelain plate that I uploaded earlier is a work with a true heart of Kenji's painting, while this is also an abstract pattern of his father, a style close to the slip of British and a large work over 40 cm.

It seems that it is almost unused, but originally it is a folk art that should be used. It is also fun to use it to create a solid taste like 18c slip ware. The firing is also very beautiful and the condition is almost perfect. I think it's the best collection item for those who likes Kenji art and slip ware.

◆ 43,4cm x 22,4cm x 7cm. Both the box and the signature on the back of the lid and "Ken". The production date is unknown.
There was one glaze bald on the corner. If you would like to refer to the second image from the top of the center row, we will send an enlarged image to you.

Reference price: 88,000yen

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