Ryan Bell found this pot on a Japanese auction for my hawthorn. It is a first generation Yamaaki, Katoaka Akitsugu (1928-1966) with a rare chop, and a unique finish that appears to be sprayed over the clay, and glazed with a thin clear coat. The effect is of a very worn cream color.
Thanks for playing along. Here was the count as of yesterday:
Bag-shaped unglazed: 0
Round Sara Rayner: 4
Oribe Koyo: 5
Yellow Chinese: 6
Interestingly, for a while, the Sara Rayner was the early favorite. Mine too, but ultimately, I went with the vintage Chinese rectangle. It was the best fit, though not perfect; and I liked the pot color with the new foliage color. Later, I think I’d go with a wider, shallow oval, but for now, here is the pick:
I let it grow out for a month or so after repotting:
Happy Independence Day to the US readers!