Japan born 1954
Kyoto, Kinki, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, glazed stoneware Support: wood presentatioon box
Kiyomizu continues a long family ceramic tradition but also brings his training as an architect to his practice. This precise slab-built form, with its slitted cut-outs and restricted glaze colour makes functional reference to Japan’s tradition of incense burners. It has a physical density which is enhanced through his use of a particularly elegant and refined grey glaze, hinting at the restrained and astringent aesthetic known in Japan as shibui.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design