Pot with hand shaped pattern
A monumental work making free use of a difficult technique in which complicated patterns are kneaded into the clay.
복잡한 무늬를 흙으로 빚는 어려운 기법을 구사한 대작
A well-known example of the “hand shaped pattern,” in which different colored clays are pressed together in layers to form patterns, would be Cizhou ware from Song Dynasty China. Kimura Ichiro, who was born in Mashiko, was introduced by Hamada Shoji to Kawai Kanjiro from Kyoto, from whom he learnt the “hand shaped pattern.” Kimura later passed this technique on to Matsui Kosei, holder of an important intangible cultural asset in Kasama. In this work, a variety of hand shaped patterns, namely yabane (fletched arrow), uzura (quail), doshin-kaku (concentric angles), ajiro (wickerwork), and ichimatsu (checkered) patterns, form a large-shouldered ample pot. This is a difficult ceramic technique as different clays have to be stuck together, kneaded, shaped, and fired taking care not to let the difference in contractibility cause separation, but Kimura attained a level at which he could manage this at will. Besides the “hand shaped pattern,” he also mastered techniques such as copper red glaze, iron glaze, tsutsugaki (slip decoration), and inlay, which were markedly influenced by artists involved in the mingei movement. By pursuing such methods earnestly for a long time, Kimura significantly advanced the potential of ceramic techniques.