Square Vase with Bellflower Design


Artist
Tamura Koichi (Japanese, 1918 – 1987)
Date
1970s-80s
Medium
Glazed stoneware
Dimensions
Work : 11 x 5 x 5 in. (27.94 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Maurice Kawashima
Object Number
1990.3.17

Label
Tamura Koichi was closely allied with the Mingei, or Folk Art, movement which sought to preserve and extend traditional Japanese applied arts such as ceramics, lacquers, textiles and basketry during the 20th century. Tamura was highly regarded for his mastery of iron-oxide glazes in ceramics, which he has used to great effect on the vase displayed here, and was designated as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government in 1986.

Object Type
Ceramic