Mashiko Ware Ash Glazed Large Plate


A Mashiko ware large plate that was fired around the Meiji period. Rough spur marks circled around the front face, showing a scarlet colour like the sky aglow with the setting sun.

At the end of the Edo period, Mashiko ware was opened by Keizaburo Otsuka, a Kasama ware potter. They produced miscellaneous daily vessels influenced by Shigaraki, Soma, and Kasama ware. After that, although it declined once after the abolition of feudal domains and its replacement by a system of prefectures, it developed into one of Japan’s renowned pottery centres by Shoji Hamada, a significant figure of the Mingei (folk-art) movement who moved and having the workshop in Mashiko. And also it gained popularity during the Mingei boom in the 60-70s. Like the Seto ware Ishizawa plate, this piece is thought to have been used at a delicatessen along the main road, growing deeply tastefully.

There are no noticeable defects other than minor chips on the base, and the condition is excellent for this type of plate.

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