A large contemporary stoneware sculpture.
Hand built comprising five faceted sides. Each side distinct in shape, creating a bold, dynamic, and powerful result. The coarse burnt red clay casting shadows all-over the body.
Shunichi Yabe (1968- ) is the grandson of the 3rd Living National Treasure of Bizen, Toshu Yamamoto (1906-1994). The medieval kiln site of Bizen is the most famous of kilns in all of Japan, and is steeped in tradition.
What is immediately striking about the work of Yabe is his keen and natural sense of line.
After hand-building the basic form from a blend of Bizen mountain and rice-paddy clays, the work is carved, layer after layer, with a blade into the form he had envisioned.
Comes by a signed custom-made wooden box.