Sakakibara Keishi - Black bizen sake cup (kuro-bizen guinomi)
SAKAKIBARA KEISHI 榊原啓司 (* 1959) Black bizen sake cup (kuro-bizen guinomi)Inquiry
Bizen ware, glazed stoneware (kuro-bizen, „black bizen“) with three crossed stripes, scratch signature on the foot, wooden box (kiri-tomobako) with inscription: Kuro bizen guinomi, and signature and red seal, H 5,2 cm x D 6,7–7,3 cm.
Sakakibara Keishi, born 1959, stands for a comparatively young generation of Bizen ceramists. The sake cup presented here, glazed thickly black and embellished with crosswise unglazed areas, proves the artist’s will and ambition to break new grounds of decoration. Conventionally Bizen is unglazed and decorated only through ash glazes and colour changes during firing, but the so called Black Bizen (kuro-bizen 黒備前) works are brushed with iron glaze before being fired. The glaze of Sakakibara’s Sake cup melted out in a thick opaque and partly green spotted layer. The shiny black glaze and the open areas which show the typical red-colored Bizen clay, create a strong contrast, that has not much in common with the earlier generation’s momoyama nostalgia.
Since 1978 Sakakibara Keishi was apprentice to Isezaki Jun, who himself was the fifth Bizen ceramicist to be named „living national treasure“ (ningen kokuhō 人間国宝) in 2004, and who significantly developed the technique of kuro-bizen. After Sakakibara's graduation from the Bizen Pottery Center, he has been working independently since 1989. His works are regularly shown at the „Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition“ (Nihon dentō kōgei ten 日本伝統工芸展).