Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Yamada Jozan III--The Beauty of Kyusu

In 1998 Yamada Jozan(1924-2005) was named a Living National Treasure for his Tokoname-yaki kyusu or small tea pouring vessels. His kyusu have a warmth and grace that only comes from years and years of experience and a pure heart. An isaku-ten or posthumous exhibition highlighting 100 works for sale will be held in Tokyo at Wako, Ginza from October 3rd-11th. Yamada took the potting name Jozan in 1961 and his first son--the former Emu--became JozanIV this year. Yamada won the Japan Ceramic Society Prize in 1993 and was designated an Aichi Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property in 1994. This is most likely the last chance to see such an exhibition by a true master.


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