Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mitsu no Keshiki

Iga has three famous 'landscapes' (mitsu no keshiki) famous since the 16th century, these are scorch markings (koge), a natural flowing vitrified glaze (biidoro - after the Portuguese word for glass vidoro) which sometimes stops to form a globule called a "dragonfly eye," and hi-iro or 'fire tones' on the clay surface. Here is a 'dragonfly's eye' and hi-iro up-close on a Fujioka Shuhei jar. His exhibition runs thru Oct.31st.


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