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Hajibito

Hajibito

1991

Kohyama Yasuhisa

(Japanese, 1936-)

Japan, Heisei period

(1989-present)

Carved and glazed stoneware

Diameter: 21.9 cm (8 5/8 in.); Overall: 44.8 cm (17 5/8 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of the artist 1992.136

Fun Fact

The artist employed traditional Japanese pottery techniques in making this vessel.

Description

Rounded yet angular, Hajibito––which means “Ceramicist of Ancient Times”––is pierced by two openings and is unique within Kohyama Yasuhisa’s work. The artist uses a single-chamber, wood-firing, tunnel kiln called the anagama to fire his sculptures. While harder to control than other types of kilns, the anagama can produce more dynamic ceramics resulting from surface effects like wood ash and scorch marks.

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