This year marks the 100th anniversary of Miyagawa Kouzan(1842-1916)’s death.
I went to see his retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka.
He lived in late Tokugawa shogunate to Meiji Restoration.
In 1870 he moved to Yokohama and opened his workshop to produce ceramics for export.
His works, known as Makuzu ware, inherits the traditional Kyoto pottery style.
The application of strikingly elaborate, sculptural decoration called taka-ukibori(sculptural relief) is Kozan’s original technique.
They were exhibited in the Philadelphia World Exhibition in 1876 and the name “Makuzu ware” won high reputation.
WATER JAR WITH COVER, pottery with peony design and an awakening cat in taka-ukibori
Important Cultural Property:FＬOWER VASE, pottery with brown glaze and crabs in taka-ukibori
Here is another flower vase with armed frogs in taka-ukibori
These are WATER JAR WITH COVER, with 4 windows in takauki-bori.
Inside the window!
Here is another FLOWER VASE with……
Kozan’s progress was unstoppable.
After he established the sculptural relief pottery style, he then made tremendous efforts on the study of glazes and Chinese ancient ceramics.
His perfect works representing art and pottery are really breathtaking.
Important Cultural Property:FLOWER VASE, porcelain with plum tree design in iron brown paint on a yellow-grazed ground.
Another flower vase of hydrangea design.
This exhibition introduces the overall picture of Kozan, who was the driving force of modern Japanese pottery.
By the way, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics,Osaka is located in Yodoyabashi, Osaka-city.
This area is very relaxing, it may be nice to stroll along the river.
For more information: The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka