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Where is it from?
Kyoto, Japan
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This large red clay zogan-ware vase, by the artist Masayuki Imai, is a red-brown color flecked with black. The front features an image of a roughly incised lobster (called an "oo-ebi") filled with grey and reddish/brown glaze.

Masayuki Imai (b. Osaka 1930) began training to be a ceramicist at the age of 17 in Okayama. He studied bizen ware and practiced dessin (rough sketch) painting. In 1952, Imai moved to Kyoto to study kyo-yaki, Kyoto traditional ceramics, under Yaichi Kusube. Imai's own style, called zogan, combines the natural aesthetic of bizen ware with the elegance of kyo-yaki. After throwing a vase or pot on the wheel, it is allowed to dry to a leathery hardness, into which the pattern is carefully etched. Clay filler is then pressed into the grooves of the design; this inlay process is very demanding, requiring great patience and attention to detail. 

Donated by Masayuki Imai, 2012.
2012.1.3 Lobster Vase (front)