Sofu Matsuo

Decoration of Lion on a Ball with Kiln Mutation Effects

  • Ceramics
  • Presented in 2012
  • H 30.0 x W 28.0 x D 18.0 cm
  • $1,745

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Category Ceramics
Year Presented 2012
Dimensions H 30.0 x W 28.0 x D 18.0 cm
Notes Comes with box

  • Klin effects

    Kiln effects (yōhen) is a term that describes a wide variety of spontaneous expressions produced by the interaction of the kiln atmosphere and the surface of the vessel during firing, including oxidation and reduction effects. The cracks, flashing patterns, and natural ash glaze effects on unglazed wares such as Bizen and Shigaraki are famous examples of kiln effects.

Sofu Matsuo

photo Sofu Matsuo

MATSUO grew up in Arita, the original city of ceramics, and from his infancy studied under Sofu the first; at the age of 20, to master the production of tea utensils, he moved to Hagi and studied the art of Hagi ware. Three years later, he opened his kiln and pottery studio in Hagi, and began production of Hagi ware. He also engaged in artistic activities and submitted his works to the Nitten Exhibitions and Japan Contemporary Art Crafts Exhibitions. Since 2002, he started placing his works in the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. The submitted pieces include hakuji (white porcelain), seihakuji (pale blue porcelain), and iroe porcelain painted in overglaze enamels, which he mastered during his years in Arita, and at present he plays an active part as a full member of the Japan Kogei Association. At the Sofu Kiln, he produces both porcelain and Hagi ware works.