Shino-glazed incense burner
11 x 8 7/8 x 8 1/8 inches
11 x 13 x 12 7/8 inches
Large vessel with shino glaze in fiery red colorations
17 5/8 x 14 1/8 in.
Vertically striped white shino-glazed water jar (mizusashi) in the form of a cherry blossom
8 1/2 x 7 in.
Three thick, folded slabs joined at the center to form a large standing shino-glazed vessel
22 1/4 x 19 3/4 x 18 inches
Principally dedicated to the Mino tradition of Shino ware, Suzuki also has created oribe and black Seto ceramics, with a strong leaning toward implements for the tea ceremony. He considers Shino the most appropriate ware for the expression of Japanese aesthetics and sensibility. In 1994 he was designated as the 2nd Living National Treasure (LNT), after Arakawa Toyozo, for Shino ware. In many ways, Suzuki Osamu may be seen as a new type of LNT, one who clarified the modern meaning of traditional Shino yet who also has created surprisingly contemporary, challenging, sculptural forms.