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This raku stoneware clay vase has a great rustic surface that is rough to the touch, produced by the traditional technique of plunging the heated piece, fresh from the kiln, into a container of combustible material. It's covered with glazes in multiple shades of green and brown that echo the organic textures of brutalist architecture. The glazes appear to be dripped, daubed and possibly flung onto the heavy grey stoneware body, both inside and out. Typical of raku, in places the glaze is glossy, almost metallic, and in others it is matte and flat.
The term "brutalist" comes from the French word for "raw" and this piece certainly exemplifies that origin. The high-shouldered body has a round mouth with an irregular rim, tapering to a 3/4 inch thick curved platform foot. The potter's finger marks are rough and raised on the interior. It's a fascinating vessel, changing its appearance with each turn. The bottom is marked with the incised initials "T K"-- not Tommy Kakinuma's but a wonderful, sculptural piece nonetheless.
This vase measures 8 1/4 inches tall, has a 3 3/4 inch wide mouth and a 19 inch circumference at the shoulder. It weighs a substantial 4 1/4 pounds and is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or other damage. It's simply a superb mid century modernist vase from the 1960's.