On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Harada Shūroku trained with the masters of the Bizen kilns, making mostly unglazed, dark-red wares that have scorch patterns as their primary decoration. This vase is in his most experimental style, which he calls ranbari, a Japanese carpentry term for wood flooring composed of boards of various sizes laid down in random order. He creates a relatively smooth and conventional ceramic form, then applies patches of very rough clay to the outside in a meandering grid that resembles a stone wall.
Bizen ware: unglazed stoneware
On side of storage box, in Japanese:
Bizen rancho hanaire (Bizen "randomly pulled" patterned vase)
Gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner
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Harada Shuroku (Japanese, born 1941). Vase, ca. 2006. Bizen ware: unglazed stoneware, 11 x 6 5/16 in. (28 x 16 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner, 2014.60.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 2014.60.5_front_PS9.jpg)
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