One of my favorite pots

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These first two pots are nanbans and 1st generation yamaaki, made by the founder of the kiln, and at least 30-40 years old. They are semi-collectible, but honestly, very usable, and I’m planning on planting one of my bunjin jbp into one of these in a few months. People in the know say that you can tell a good pot by its bottom… And both of these have fantastic bottoms😉
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Sooooooo........ I’ve got this thing for particular potters. When I can afford to scratch that itch, I’ll treat myself to something nice. I’ve been looking at this pot for several years and finally made it mine. An unglazed Tofukuji and unusual style. Very earthy and substantial feel to it, and well sized. I really dig it for it’s uniqueness.
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I’m glad you have this pot. I’d love to see it sometime in person. Think you’ll ever plant it, or will it always be a shelf pot?
 

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I’m glad you have this pot. I’d love to see it sometime in person. Think you’ll ever plant it, or will it always be a shelf pot?
I'd actually love to plant it. I'm thinking a well aged shohin JBP/JWP cascade would work. Gonna have to make some phone calls... :) .
 

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@LanceMac10 - I love the green rectangle

@Dav4 - The Tofukuji is interesting, but not suited to my taste. The rustic look to my eye looks amateurish. I've had this conversation with Sorce and another potter in Wisconsin, the "deconstructed pot" just looks like a badly made pot. I do realize that the signature alone makes that an expensive pot. Just expressing my personal taste. The shape is like some of the Chinese Cymbidium pots, but lumpy instead of being neatly carved. The antique Japanese pot is a whole different story, it has aged into exquisite beauty.
 

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@LanceMac10 - I love the green rectangle

@Dav4 - The Tofukuji is interesting, but not suited to my taste. The rustic look to my eye looks amateurish. I've had this conversation with Sorce and another potter in Wisconsin, the "deconstructed pot" just looks like a badly made pot. I do realize that the signature alone makes that an expensive pot. Just expressing my personal taste. The shape is like some of the Chinese Cymbidium pots, but lumpy instead of being neatly carved. The antique Japanese pot is a whole different story, it has aged into exquisite beauty.

Oh, by the way, both potters dismissed my dislike of deconstructed, and or "lumpy" pots as me just being uninformed. But I'll stick to my guns, and won't buy "lumpy pots".
 

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Shuho, Yozan, Yamafusa, Koyo....and toast for breakfast until next month...🤑
 

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@LanceMac10 - I love the green rectangle

@Dav4 - The Tofukuji is interesting, but not suited to my taste. The rustic look to my eye looks amateurish. I've had this conversation with Sorce and another potter in Wisconsin, the "deconstructed pot" just looks like a badly made pot. I do realize that the signature alone makes that an expensive pot. Just expressing my personal taste. The shape is like some of the Chinese Cymbidium pots, but lumpy instead of being neatly carved. The antique Japanese pot is a whole different story, it has aged into exquisite beauty.
Oh, that's fine Leo. I mainly love Tofukuji for his glazed pots, but so does everyone else. He's made many unglazed as well, and most don't appeal to me... except for the overtly rustic and "amateuristic" examples. I absolutely love these, and believe this rustic and simple image was the artist's plan carried out to perfection. Anyway, the pot is very well made with no wonkiness, good proprtions, and has loads of patina, indicating lots of others appreciated it and used it frequently. It's actually one of my faves :) .
 

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I nailed 3 of 4. Had the Koyo for Yamaaki. Nice pots.

That Tofu is very interesting. Cool, unusual square shape. Is it a clear glaze over natural clay, or is the glaze a clay-like color?


I left the potter's name out as I thought it would be interesting for people such as yourself to figure the ID. Your exposure to higher-end pottery and the ability to put shapes and glazes to a particular kiln group is uncanny. As evidenced by the following post about the Tofu....
 

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My mother found these last week at a second hand store she works at and picked them up for me, the green glaze and construction is quite good IMO... now to find the right tree :)
 

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