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Japan born 1954

Square vase 1985 Place made: Kyoto, Kinki, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, glazed stoneware Support: wood presentatioon box

Primary Insc: artist's name stamp and date impressed in base
Secondary Insc: artist's signature and stamp in ink on lid of presentation box
Dimensions: 22.4 h x 23.3 w x 23.3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.635

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