Galleria Gottardo, Shimaoka Tatsutzo  

I. Transparent Glaze                                                                      

The most representative type of pottery in Shimaoka's work is that in ash-glaze with rope-impressed inlay pattern. The ash glaze is of the type called Namijiro (ordinary white) in Mashiko and is usually transparent. Shimaoka used a mixture
has recently switched to Akami clay and wood ash. After forming the vessel, impressions are made on the surface with a braided cord, and white clay is inlaid
to create a pattern. The ash glaze covers the whole piece with a transparent layer
of quiet and rich texture. When kaolin is fortified, the glaze becomes milky to produce a semi-transparent matte effect. Shimaoka subtly controls the milkiness
of this ash glaze by modifying its kaolin content: lt is sometimes transparent to clearly show the inlay pattern, and sometimes white to partly cover the pattern. In all its variations, the ash glaze presents the rope-im- pressed inlay in a most straightforward way. This glaze allows the various patterns inlaid upon the surface
of variously shaped vessels to show through in different degrees. The basic rope-impressed patterns are the parallel lines of various thickness, which Shimaoka calls suji, the minute checkers called pochi, the herringbones called yabane. These can be employed singly or in combination. To these sometimes are added
other inlaid patterns made with other tools, such as lines, circles, plants, plum blossoms, wood grain, flowers, seal impressione and arrow feathers, and these all get to be enveloped in ash glaze. Some vessels with rope-impressed inlay patterns also have circular windows with handdrawn decorations, but these designs - usually drawn in iron glaze - are always subdued in colour in keeping with the quiet nature of ash glaze.                                


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Tecniques Not Used with Robe Impressed Inlay.

Mixed Techniques.
Slip Dripping (Trailed Glaze).
Salt Glaze.
Kiln Effects.

TEXTClick here for reading the introductions.
Luca Patocchi, Curator of the Galleria Gottardo.
Adolf Zihler, collector.
Yanagi Sori, Message from the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokio.

Biography and most important exibits from Shimaoka Tatsutzo     








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