Hagi Pottery – DEISHI Shibuya: Flared yunomi with signed wooden box.

Height: 7.4 cm (2.9 inches)    Diameter (at the top): 10.2 cm (4.0 inches)

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This flared yunomi has the thick white glaze seen on many Hagi pieces over the typical sandy coloured clay that fires to black in places in the wood-fired climbing kiln that Deishi san uses. The yunomi has Deishi’s smaller impressed seal in the centre of the foot ring and, although in very good condition, the box shows a few sticky tape marks. The previous owner has cut a piece of kimono cloth for use as a cleaning cloth but there is no sign that the yunomi has been used.

Deishi Shibuya is one of the “elder statesmen” of the Hagi pottery tradition, being the Chairman of the Hagi Traditional Industrial (Handicrafts) Association for the last 20 years or so.