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Glass mizusashi by Hisatoshi Iwata

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Mizusashi is a container for cold water, and an important and aesthetic part of the Japanese tea ceremony. They are an object of status and beauty, are hand made objects usually from pottery or lacquer, and are very carefully selected for the ceremony. Japan's premier glass artists have als0 made mizusashi from glass, and these are considered very precious. As a guide, mizusashi from the late Kyohei Fujita, or Koji Ishii, regularly sell for many thousands of dollars.

    I feel fortunate to own this water bowl by Iwata Kuri, and it is one of my pieces of glass that arouses great emotion in me. This is not just because of it's beauty, but also because of what was happening with Iwata when this was made.
    Hisatoshi Iwata suffered ill health for a long time, starting with hospitalisation for TB around 1960, a disease which plagued him all of his life. In the mid 1980s he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, and later, cancers of the bowel and lymph. Throughout this whole period he continued to make incredible glass, and was almost driven by his craft. His last exhibition was in 1993, and he died a relatively young 68 in 1994.

    The seller advised me this water bowl was made in the late 1980s, and I look at it and think of the art Iwata produced even whilst he was suffering with poor health. It makes the beauty here very poignant.

    Height: 18cm

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    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      very interesting and moving story of the artist the draped coloured glass pure aesthetic perfection. The frosted appearance works beautifully !!!!!!!!
      a starlight piece Karen a pleasure to view !!!!!!!!
    2. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      What a beauty,Karen.And the story so moving.The design stresses the freshness of the water.
    3. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      A stunning piece & a poignant story. The threading almost has an Art Nouveau feel.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks for your usual exciting and complementary comment Malkey, always appreciated.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Ivonne thanks, and yes, I find it very moving. Can I say how impressed I am with your English, I would never have guessed it was not your first language :)
    7. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I can see that IL, gotta love some threading. Thanks!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks Vet. Lots of work and detail in this one.
    9. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Thank you,Karen for the compliment.Maybe I should confess eventually: I was an ELT :)
    10. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      But you still had to learn the language, Ivonne.
    11. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      An exquisite piece, Karen, best revealed by magnifying your images. I suspect that continuing to create the glass he loved was the pleasure that helped him through difficult times.
    12. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Peggy,I'm aware of my weaknesses in the area of English,and it was one of the reasons I wanted to stop posting.I started to lose dramatically words,phrases and I wasn't able to string along a sentence.It started to become too tiring and depressing.And even worse not only in English
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Ivonne, please continue to post. We can use google translate. You are a wonderful friend!
    14. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Mary,I will.BTW, where are you going to spend holidays this year?
    15. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      Ivonne, I've sent an email......
    16. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I'm sorry you ever felt that Ivonne, I can't ever say I have ever detected a fault in your English. Some English as a first language people here on CW, YES!, (lol) but not you. We have missed your posts :)
    17. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Peggy it's a subtle and complex piece. Nailed it as usual!
    18. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Very, very beautiful
    19. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
      my two favorite colours together
    20. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Beautiful, both the piece and the story!
    21. Anik Anik, 4 years ago
      Absolutely beautiful.
    22. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Sorry, I have been late picking up on your comments and love.
      Many thanks Gillian, Kivatinitz, VL and Anik. I am so pleased you see the beauty in this piece.

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