Miyazaki Isseki was born in Osaka, Japan in 1920 and passed away in 1984. Many of his pots heavily use white space in his paintings. To us a number of his pots have a loneliness to them others, like the one we present today, are full of life.
Most of his pots are red or blue with a few using multiple colors. This pot which we acquired less than a year ago is vibrant with color. We have not researched the scenes on this pot yet but intend to do so over the next few months.
This pot contains one continuous scene painted on the four sides of the pot. We love how he even used the feet as a part of the canvas.
A more typical Isseki painting with lot of white (negative) space. It will be interesting to see the reaction to this pot from a number of our readers. We believe it will fall into one of three camps: 1) Love it; 2) Hate it; or 3) Admire the paintings but wouldn’t see a use for it as a bonsai pot.
It has been used as you can see there are traces of dirt in the interior and underside of the pot. We have absolutely no idea what this pot might have held but understand that the pot for the last 20 years has been on a shelf in a collector’s home in Japan.
As this is perhaps KJ’s favorite pot, we are quite happy it now sits on a beautiful stand in our home.
We are not sure what the writing on each scene might be but we hope it is a clue of sorts to the paintings.
Close-ups of the Isseki Pot