Beauty of Old Pottery ③ – Early-Edo Vessels 江戸初期の陶器–

The images above are some of my favourite vessels from the early Edo-era (17th century). Most of them are now museum collections.
What I love about early Edo vessels is that they still had some enigmatic charm of Mediaeval wood-fired vessels (most of which had been disappeared eventually).
The kilns had changed from ‘Aagama’ to ‘Noborigama’ but still all had been wood-fired. The Tell-tale signs of slightly different wood-firing techniques on the vessels are what I enjoy to see. (Gas)

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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