Kaneta Masanao (b. 1953)
Large white hagi-glazed scooped-out mountain-shaped vessel
14 x 18 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches
Mountain-shaped, scooped-out vessel with Hagi and ash glazes with gradation from white to pink to dark brown
11 x 10 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.
Scooped-out vessel with two offset points creating a hook-like form with Hagi and ash glazes with pink, white and grey tones, 2015
13 3/4 x 19 x 10 in.
Sculpted covered waterjar with cut corners, covered with crawling Hagi white glaze (kairagi) with pink tones, and kiln effects
8 x 8 x 8 in.
Oval scooped-out sculptural vessel with smooth, rounded base and jagged divided top covered with Hagi kohiki glaze in naturalistic tones of beige, rust and dark brown
16 1/2 x 18 x 11 1/8 in.
An eighth generation Hagi potter, Kaneta Masanao has expanded beyond his hefty heritage to create a more sculptural oeuvre. Perhaps due to Kaneta's training in sculpture, his forms have a strong and dramatic presence that sets them apart from the works by other artists of this traditional Japanese ceramic center. Using the centuries-old Hagi white-pink glazes, Kaneta creates unique and readily identifiable functional and non-functional contemporary ceramic forms. His signature technique of kurinuki, in which he digs or scoops-out a form out of the clay instead of shaping it on a wheel, further allows him to boldly depart from ancient Hagi traditions.