Black and white round Raku-glazed mizusashi (water jar)
8 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 in.
Leaning gourd-shaped vessel decorated with oribe-style depictions in green and iron-oxide glazes
12 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Suzuki Goro has revitalized the aesthetics of classical Oribe ware with his unrivalled inventiveness. His most innovative technique, called yobitsugi [patchwork], demonstrates his playful nature. In this technique, Suzuki first cuts a completed and fired vessel into several pieces. Each part is differently glazed and fired at appropriate temperature. Then, he assembles fired pieces using lacquer to glue pieces into the final shape. This technique enables him to produce pieces larger than his kiln might otherwise accommodate. Through his endlessly creativity, Suzuki makes each of his works different and unique.