Dish with Herons and Marsh Grass
Yokoishi Gagyu XIII (Japanese, 1925 – 2016)
DimensionsWork : 1 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (3.81 x 34.92 x 34.92 cm)
Credit LineGift of Maurice Kawashima
LabelYokoshi Gagyu XIII is master of a pottery on the island of Kyushu that his family has operated for thirteen generations. The Gagyu pottery is best known for producing dark brown ceramics decorated with a light-colored slip (liquefied clay) that is applied with a wet brush to create striations resembling windblown grasses or waves. The Gagyu studio is the only pottery in Japan that has preserved this centuries-old decorating technique, an achievement that led the Nagasaki Prefectural Government to designate Gagyu XIII as a “Living Cultural Treasure” in 1975.