en-Mizuno Takuzo (b.1927)
(b.1927) studied with Kato Kageaki(1899-1972, Yasukage's grandfather) and then with LNT Tomimoto Kenkichi before establishing his kiln in 1961. In 2010 he was designated a Toki City(birthplace of Shino) Intangible Cultural Property for his Black Seto. From a young age, Takuzo Mizuno (b. 1927) apprenticed with several well-known potters including Kato Kageaki and Tomimoto Kenkichi. In 1961 he opened his own kiln and in 1967, based on research he had done on excavated kilns and traditional methods, he constructed an ana-gama kiln for small-batch production of Shino-ware. Over the course of his long career, Mizuno he has exhibited and published widely, been given special recognition by the royal family, and was designated as a Prefectural Living Treasure.
Phenomenal and classic Mino-Iga style vase with unquestionably the finest wood fired surface I have ever seen by Mizuno Takuzo. Large and solitary in its presence, the wide array of textures and coloration paints a unique and powerful form that few can achieve and I doubt I will see a pot with this varied a surface again the ferocity of the firing process is written across the surface. Perfect for use or just as a point of contemplation, this Mino-Iga Bowl stands alone among the tradition.
Mizuno Takuzo (B.1927) is a veteran Mino potter as well as being a Prefectural Living Treasure. He inherited a significant amount of classic and traditional aesthetics while studying with Kato Kageaki and Ningen Kokuho, Tomimoto Kenkichi. Mizuno Takuzo has been perfecting his craft for well over 50 years and his thoughtful insight in to the potential of the various Mino traditions can be seen in his pottery and this piece in particular. Mizuno's works are broadly exhibited throughout Japan and he is published widely as well.
This is a high class ceremonial shino teabowl made is a first class artist managed to make his work a distinct style in the world of Shino pottery. Like every beauty true chawan this type of glazing appears unique yet traditional.
The feldspar in the glazing burns at different temperatures and thus creates a diverse landscape.
Emperor Hirohito who ruled during the Showa era was particularly fond of Shuzan Mizuno's work and twice ordered objects for personal use.