Flower container with design of pine needles

Artist: Kawaguchi Jun'ichi 河口純一 (Japan, born 1935)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with iron glaze and copper pigment under colorless glaze
Arita ware
H x Diam: 15 x 45.5 cm (5 7/8 x 17 15/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, flower, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, pine tree, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

The artist stated of this work: "To the outside of a simple porcelain bowl form I applied iron glaze.  Its dark color serves as a foil for the pattern of pine needles on the interior.  In this experimental piece, my goal was to obtain an even red coloration from the pigment, which was formulated from various metallic oxides.  I fired the piece in a reducing atmosphere to 1300 degrees C."  Metallic oxides change color during the firing process depending upon whether they are fired with ample oxygen in an oxidizing atmosphere or in an oxygen-starved reducing atmosphere.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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