Bizen jar with lid with hidasuki markings, handcrafted and signed by artisan, Jumpei Kaneshige. Perfect for keeping sugar, salt, spices, or tea. The unglazed nature of the clay makes it ideal for absorbing excess moisture, keeping its contents dry.
The making of...
The organic markings on the piece are created with the hidasuki (緋襷) technique, which emphasizes the natural colors and textures of the clay. A common Bizen technique, the pottery is wrapped in bunches of rice straw prior to firing, then placed in a saggar, which protects the piece from direct contact with the flames and ashes. When the straw burns away, it reveals calligraphic reddish streaks on the surface. Jumpei often pounds the rice straw with a mallet for a more softer, more muted effect.
About Jumpei Kaneshige
Jumpei Kaneshige is a Bizen-based potter hailing from renowned lineage; he is the grandson of Toyo Kaneshige (Living National Treasure) and son of Kosuke Kaneshige, a celebrated ceramic artist in his own right. Jumpei creates Bizen-yaki with the techniques passed down from his ancestors and his father.