Ino Shukuho is a legacy of 3 generations of potters, each with different styles and techniques. The current Shukuho, Ino Yoshiki, was born in 1943. His father, Ino Kiichiro, was a purveyor for the Imperial Houshokd, and was close friends with Heian Tofukuji; many of Tofukuji’s greatest later works were fired in the Shukuho kiln. Shukuho has won numerous prizes and awards, and his containers are some of the most popular for Shohin bonsai in Japan. The vast majority are carved from a single block of Kyoto clay, leaving production levels very low due to the labor intensive nature of the method.
Many works were commissioned bY Takeyama San of Fuyo En, who was a driving force behind some of the kiln’s later designs. It’s said that 3rd Generation Shukuho’s Oribe Glaze is virtually identical to Tofukuji’s.
Now on to the pots!
A fairly typical example of Shukuho Oribe glaze…
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