Marbleized vessel with tidal-grass patterning
11 1/2 x 12 inches
Round covered-box with colored-clays (neriage) in azure blue, celadon green and white
Stoneware with marbleized colored inlay
5 1/2 x 10 in.
Blue and white Neriage (marbleized) vessel with floral patterning
8 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Small globular vessel with inlays of white, blue, and brown clays and sand treated surface
Stoneware with colored clay inlays
5 3/4 x 5 1/2”
Globular neriage vase with layers of rough blue, gray and rust colored clays, 1982
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in.
Small, round neriage vase in blue, pink and orange
4 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.
Designated as a Living National Treasure in 1993, Matsui Kōsei was hugely influential in the revival of neriage (marbleized, colored-clay ware that he perfected, studying numerous examples of ancient Chinese ceramics as a priest at Gessō-ji Temple in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture. Matsui far surpassed these historic predecessors by creating abstract and geometric surface patterning by applying to the surface or throwing numerous layered colored clays, often with a rough-hewn texture. His research and intense studies in this difficult technique, culminated in worldwide recognition for his tradition-steeped vessels.