Shodai Ware Small Jar with Splashed Ash Glaze Decoration | Japan, 18C


A Shodai ware small jar, fired in the middle to late Edo period in current Kumamoto prefecture. Thick ash glaze that spreads throughout the inner body is overflowed and splashed on the surface of the vessel.

Shodai ware is a kiln made mostly of general goods but has tea ware taste. It is probably because the kiln was opened by the Agano ware potters in 1632 when the feudal lord Hosokawa entered in Higo (Kumamoto). However, on the other hand, the origin has not been clarified yet. It is also said that Kiyomasa Kato, who played the Japanese invasion of Korea, brought the potters from South Korea.

In any case, the technique of Korean pottery is flowing in the style as well as other Kyushu potteries. However, the deep luster created by the iron-rich clay, and the unique opaque splashed glaze mixed with feldspar in bamboo ash represent the climate of the foot of Mt.Shodai. It can be said that the dynamic presence of Shodai ware, which has been consumed and passed down only in Higo (current Kumamoto pref.) despite the trend, is unique among Kyushu ceramics.

There are minor glaze flakings on the rim, but there are no other defects that should be noted. There is a kiln mark on the bottom.

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