We were changing out a few items for display in the house – we decided at the first of the year we would only show bonsai pots for January – and we pulled out a couple of Bunzan pots to display.
So what do you think about his pots? He certainly uses a great deal of color. When we first saw them in 2007 many thought who would ever use them but since then we have seem them at shows in Japan.
Bunzan is the artist name for Kaoru Ito who was born on May 10, 1949. He uses clay from Echizen and Shigaraki and blends them together to formulate his own blend of clay. He apparently doesn’t use molds and forms the pots with his hands. In recent years, most of the pots carrying his artist mark are from his students. If there are two marks then it was likely made by his hands.
With many of his pots they have to be viewed this way in order to admire his use of glazes. He seems to be influenced by Toufukuji but my only evidence of this is through our own observations.
The following photographs are from within our green house where we used a number of his pots for accent plants. We truly enjoy his use of color. Many of his pots are round with the scalloped edge, so we attempted to purchase as many of them as we could that were not in that shape.