Updated: Oct 8, 2020
In the past, I’ve written a short post about this Maruhei pot that was made in the Tokoname area. Please click here to see that post and refresh your memory. 😉 Recently I was able to find another one but slightly different. An important thing to be aware of in ceramics is that pots are not always made the same. Markings and sizes can change slightly as the artist develops and changes. No human being stays the same forever. The more experience we have in knowing all those small differences will help up better recognize the quality, sometimes age and the ever important, if the pot is a fake!
Being in Japan all this time, I’ve gotten my hands on a lot of ceramics. I try to examine chop marks, shapes, curves, textures and the small details that each pot posses. Texture is important because how the clay feels can give you clues to the maker, age and area where the pot was created. Feeling the surfaces of the pot can also help in finding old repairs and imperfections.
In this post, we’re going to examine the slight differences in not one, not two, but three Maruhei pots! I will also talk a little bit about imperfections in pots that are purposely shown off. Lets take a look at the photos and see the differences!