西 十 Koju Nishioka Chawan Chosun Karatsu [uncrowned genius]
A remarkable chawan made by the one and only humble man grand master of Karatsu pottery: Nishioka Koju. This karatsu bowl, made in the kutsu-gata (shoe-shape) style, is a wonderful example of the level of talent of the artist, with a texture varying from smooth to cracked and earthy tones ranging from light to burnt.
Nishioka Koju (1917-2006) established his kiln & due to his respect other great potters like Arakawa Toyozo and Fujiwara Kei were firing at his kiln.
One of Japan's 'hidden treasure' potters was Karatsu's Nishioka Koju(1917-2006); he was a Karatsu scholar who came to making pots later in life at the urging of Koyama Fujio. Nishioka's research into ancient Karatsu styles only deepened his own pots that are highly valued by collectors here in Japan. I wrote this for a past listing on our gallery, 'In Karatsu pottery Nishioka Koju is a living legend. He has excavated old kilns and studied the ancient ways starting in 1953. He established his kiln in 1973 and his kiln was named by the late great scholar-potter Koyama Fujio. Many other great potters made their way to Nishioka's kiln, creating and firing there; these include Arakawa Toyozo and Fujiwara Kei. In my opinion Nishioka's Karatsu is some of the finest ever seen.
posted by Robert Yellin at the time about to describe a Nishioka Work.
Name: Robert Yellin Location: Kyoto, Japan
Robert Yellin is a "Legend pottery knowledge" has lived in Japan since 1984. His passion and broad knowledge (combined with a 'good eye') in Japanese pottery has led him from collector to columnist-author to gallery owner; his gallery offers some of the finest works available in Japan online at www.japanesepottery.com or at his gallery located near the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji) in a magnificent old Sukiya-style home in Kyoto.
A highly talented potter who has been called a crownless genius due to his unwavering achievements in making and researching his own pottery, despite being the closest to a living national treasure in the history of modern Japanese pottery. It is a work, this work, which has a feeling of new without being old despite being a strongly old technical prodigy. Karatsu of Momoyama, is one of the most popular Korean Karatsu in Karatsu ware. [Korean Karatsu] is a technique where candy glaze (high iron glaze) and mottled glaze (straw ash glaze) are divided into the top and bottom. A famous bowl in a famous bowl that combines large-scale modeling and outstanding cooking, and has superb views and a gorgeous personality. A precious and intact product with box and same fabric. There is an inscription on the side of the hill. This is Koju Nishioka's Daimyo bowl.