Lidded Jar with Scrolling Floral Design

Yoshida Takashi (Japanese, b. 1934)
Glazed porcelain, underglaze copper
Work : 10 3/4 x 12 x 12 in. (27.31 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm)
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Gift of Maurice Kawashima
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The red scrolling vine and flower design on this covered jar was created using a solution of copper oxide that was painted onto the jar's white porcelain surface before the final transparent glaze coat was applied. Producing such underglaze red designs is notoriously difficult, requiring careful mixture of the copper oxide solution and precise control of the kiln temperature and atmosphere. If the copper oxide solution is not properly mixed, the color can become blotchy and uneven and may fade to gray or disappear entirely if the kiln conditions are not correctly managed. The clarity, color and vigor of the design on this jar demonstrates artist Yoshida Takashi's thorough mastery of the demanding underglaze red technique. Yoshida developed his skills as a ceramic artist under the tutelage of masters Tomimoto Kenkichi, Fujimoto Yoshimichi and Kondo Yuzo. 

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