Artist: Shimizu Uichi (Japan, 1926-2004)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1988
Stoneware with iron glaze
H x Diam: 32.9 x 24.8 cm (12 15/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Shimizu Uichi
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware
Provenance research underway.

Shimizu Uichi, the son of a pottery wholesaler, was born in Kyoto. Intending to continue the family business, he began commercial studies but instead discovered an interest in making ceramics. After studying briefly with Ishiguro Munemaro at the age of fifteen, he embarked on a career as a studio potter. Like his teacher, Shimizu focused on classical Chinese glazes; his black-glazed and green-glazed pieces won numerous national and international prizes from the 1950s onward. In 1985 he received the title 'Living National Treasure.' On this massive jar, the artist trailed his fingers through the wet glaze to 'draw' on the jar's shoulder.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 23, fig. 14.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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