Echizen Bunzan (artist’s name of pots by Kaoru Ito, made of Echizen clay) pots are really hit-or-miss for me. I can’t tell if he was brilliant, or prolific and occasionally lucky. Some of his glazes are a cool combination of colors, that end up looking like candy dishes, and some just “work”.
I’ve been doing a lot of homework on pots, glazes, and potters over the last few years. The more I study, the more I see a method to his madness. I don’t want a shelf full of candy dishes, but take a look at some of these interesting examples. Almost a Picasso-like interpretation of some very famous glazes:
Namako. Classic antique Chinese from Ryan’s site:
Finally, a multi-colored Tofukuji: