Square dish made by Okuda Yasuhiro in his Kagura kiln (Mie Prefecture). - All over under glaze paintings and the inscription of a Japanese proverb by Shimizu Kosho: "Fall seven times, stand up eight times" (nana korobi ya oki). - The inscription by the artist on the bottom of the piece dates it to 1978 (Showa 53).
Original box (tomobako) with inscription in the lid: "Square tray" (Yohobon); Kagura kiln (kagura gama). On the inside of the lid: "Fall seven times, stand up eight times".
Okuda Yasuhiro (1920-1999), was born in Shigaraki. 1938 After graduating from Shigaraki Ceramic Institute he entered the the workshop of Katsumi Kozan II. in Kyoto and study Kyomizu ware. Until 1959 when he built his first own kiln in Urata, Ise Prefecture he worked with Hamada Shoji, starting in 1942 and Kwai Kanjiro, starting in 1949. In 1956 Okuda Yasuhiro also worked with Bernard Leach. His second kiln, the Kagura kiln he built in 1971 at the foot of Mount Asama, Mie Prefecture.
Shimizu Kosho (1911-1999) and
Okuda Yasuhiro (1920-1999)
Square dish, 1978
19 x 19 cm (7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)
Height 5.6 cm (2 1/4 in.)
Original box (tomobako)