Only one piece existing.
Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).
A fine expression of the art of Kyoto-based potter Hirokazu Ichikawa.
The artisan, usually manufacturing pieces of pottery in very limited quantities, also creates unique pieces of art. Some are in line with his commercial products, such as the incense burner featured on KiGinKin. In other cases, he will create pieces that do not resemble any of his other works; this flower vase falls into the latter category.
Showing the potter's artistic sense and expertise in creating the shapes he envisions, this piece of art is entirely made by hand with the use of a hand-operated wheel. It is then carved, fired, and finally painted to result in an item that can be used as a flower vase, as well as an artistic object for display.
Instructions for use
This item is designed and manufactured to function as both a flower vase, or as an object for interior design. Since it is also intended for actual use, it is perfectly safe to use it to contain water and lodge bunches of flowers. However, as the potter Hirokazu Ichikawa himself says, "I'd be curious to hear if non-Japanese people use it in other ways. I'm open to new ways to enjoy my pottery."
Wipe the outside with a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt.
When used with water, empty the vase at least every two days, and let the inside dry naturally and completely before placing another flower. (If you would like to learn more about maintenance of flowers and flower vases, this article might be useful.)
For stronger stains, use a soft cloth dampened with warm water.
In case of particularly stubborn stains (e.g. food, oils...), empty the vase and rinse it with warm water. Avoid the use of detergent unless necessary: this item is hand-painted, and rubbing may damage the decoration. In case use of a detergent is necessary, choose a neutral detergent and a soft sponge, and wipe delicately. Do not use brushes.
After washing, rinse with fresh water and wipe the outside with a dry cloth. Let the inside dry naturally. Wait until completely dry before pouring water into the vase again.
• This product is one of a kind: you will receive the piece you see in the images.
• Do not dishwash, even in case of stubborn stains.
• Do not leave immersed in water or other liquids for long times.
• This item is made in ceramic and is as fragile as other similar objects. Handle with care.
• This item is intended for use with water. In case of compost, make sure you select a type of compost suitable for a flower pot with a small opening, such as the one in this item. Follow instructions provided by the manufacturer of the compost. This article may be useful to learn about compost.
• This product may not be returned. If you receive it broken, it will be reimbursed. Please read our return policy to know more.
• If you would like to speak to the potter and ask more details about this piece of art and its use, please use the Book a Meeting tab below, or contact us.
Hirokazu Ichikawa is a Kiyomizu-yaki potter based in an area in Kyoto known as Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi. His pottery is easily recognized by a peculiar color, obtained through the application of a secret mixture of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create the pale-blue glaze.
Born and raised in Kyoto, Ichikawa graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1984, and has been a regular exhibitor at the Kyoto Art Exhibition since then.
He further developed his style and technique in the years, while receiving recognition on a national and international level. Ichikawa's work has been exhibited in all Japan (Nitten, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, and others) and in the US, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (Md).
Ichikawa creates his pottery out of his kiln in Kyoto.
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