Born into a wealthy family, ISHIGURO MUNEMARO was surrounded as a child by his father’s (an amateur potter) collection of antique ceramics. Upon returning from military service in Korea in 1916, Ishiguro began the study of Chinese ceramics and language. After several moves in Tokyo, he settled in Kyoto in 1927 and opened his kiln in the city’s ceramic center, Imakumano, where he befriended the important potter and scholar of Chinese material, Koyama Fujio (1900-1975).
Ishiguro also became a noted collector and scholar of Chinese Han and Song dynasty ceramics, notably perfecting the difficult technique of the persimmon tenmoku glaze for which he was designated in 1952 as an Intangible Cultural Property. Ishiguro’s non-traditional work, marked by powerful potting and bold, vigorous designs, combined with his genius in traditional aesthetics, earned him the designation of Living National Treasure in 1955.
Selected Public Collections:
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Eisei-Bunko Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Hagi Uragami Museum, Japan
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan
Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo, Japan
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
Izumi City Shinminato Museum, Japan
Kitamura Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Musée national de Céramique, Sèvres, France
Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Shinminato City Board of Education, Japan
Suiboku Museum, Toyama, Japan
Toyama Prefectural Board of Education, Japan
Black and persimmon iron-glazed platter with magpie perch fish patterning between crossed bands
3 x 12 1/4 in.
Black and white mishima (punch’ong style) shallow teabowl with impressed thousand-dot pattern
Slip-glazed stoneware with inlay
2 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.
Narrow ovoid vase with irregular woven-bamboo patterning in iron oxide over green ash glaze
8 x 3 1/2 in.
Pale blue-glazed vase with carved concentric bands and two frolicking water sprites
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Round tsubo (vessel) decorated with splashes in indigo blue glaze
5 5/8 x 6 in.
White vase with red and green-glazed circular designs
9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.
Persimmon on black-glazed large shallow bowl with dog-like animal patterning
3 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 12 7/8 in.