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Whenever Peter arrives from Japan we await to see what small pots he brings out of the many suitcases that return with him. This is one of the pots he pulled out.

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

Peter indicates he is a pretty famous potter and this pot was made some 50-60 years ago. This is evident when you look more closely at the patina on the pot.

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

A heavy patina on the pots and particularly where the wholes come through the pot.  If you carefully look at the heaviest patina you can see 4 holes next to the sides of the diamonds drawn on the pot.  Click the photo to see a larger version which will make this a bit easier to view.

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

Sou-zan Koto (5.7 x 5 cm)

The artist mark on the bottom of the pot.  I will need to have Peter translate everything that is written on the pot.  This is the first time we have seen one of his pots outside of books and were happy to add it to our collection.

Additional Note provided by Ryan – thanks! – “Very Nice pot Sam. The pottery books give his name as Okumura Shozan, though his real name is Shoiichi Okumura, from the Koto feudal clan. Born in 1916, and raised in a very old Japanese family, he was, I think, the 15th Koto Feudal lord. I have a couple of his pots as well, one painted and one unglazed black clay. His work is super varied, across the board including glazed, unglazed, painted and even carved pieces. For all that, they’re quite affordable!”
Ryan

P.S. These were the first photos we shot with our new Canon 5d Mark III camera.  We were very pleased with the detail this camera can record.  The top photo is only 1/4 the size of the original image (1200×800 vs. 5760×3840 pixels). We were practicing shooting with a new lighting setup to see the impact it might make.

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