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A Chinese Pot

A Chinese Pot

This is going to be a quick post just about this one particular pot that I like and I thought you readers would too.  There is a tree in the yard that is currently in a pot like this one and I always liked it a lot.  I asked Mr. Tanaka about it and he said they were somewhat inexpensive and easy to find.  I told him how much I like it and he said he felt the same.  He said that the green color with the one red strip was nice and usable.  This pot was made in China about 30-40 years ago but pots like these were made over 100 years ago in China.  Mr. Tanaka said that the newer ones lack a bit of quality compared to the 100 year old ones but are still beautiful and useful.  Since I’ve been here, I’ve yet to see one just like this one at a auction or gardens.  I’ve seen many that are a single color but never with one red strip down the center.  Last week when I was cleaning, I put some glazed pots away and to my surprise, found this pot buried under a bunch of other pots.  I pulled it out and showed it to Mr. Tanaka and he says, “oh yeah…  I bought them as a pair.”  I suppose it was my fault because I never asked Mr. Tanaka if he had another one to sell.  Ha!

Anyways, I’m going to keep this one short and get on with the pictures.  Enjoy everybody!

I can’t get over the varying thickness of the green glaze and the one red strip in the center.  This pot caught my attention very quickly when I first came to Aichi-en.  The size of the pot is 49cm(19¼in) x 33cm(13in) x 14.5cm(5¾in).

A side shot

The other front of the pot.  Both sides have the red strip down the center.

The other side of the pot.  Though I love the clean and quality of many other pots, the imperfections of this pot makes each of them unique.  Take for example the one area on the bottom right that didn’t get glazed.

Here is a angle shot of the pot looking down.  The lip on this pot is not level and because of the uneven glaze this pot looks more warped then it really is.

Here is another angle shot from the other front.  On this side, the pot doesn’t look as warped.  Notice how the red stripe in the front matches the red stripe in the back?  Do you suppose the maker did that on purpose or was it coincidence?  Can we ever find the true answer to that?  These are one of the mysteries of the pot that keeps me thinking about it.

A shot of the pot from the top.  The clay used is a yellowish clay and isn’t very valuable.  It’s rough and unrefined.  On the top left of the pot you can see that there are small drops of glaze that was accidentally sprayed on the inside.  Or was it an accident?

Don’t even get me started on how all this happend on the bottom of the pot!

A closer look at the glaze shows that it’s somewhat thick and have small cracks in it.  I believe that only adds to the beauty of this pot.  That red strip looks like its glowing with the yellow/green surrounding it.

Just another shot of the front of the pot.  There’s a flood of feelings that hit me when I look at this pot.  I can’t really explain it but do you feel it?  It’s like look at an abstract painting…  Perhaps the feeling is different for each and everyone of us.

I always thought this was a great angle for pot pictures so here you go.

Here’s the one in the yard that has a tree in it.  Though they look the same, the small differences make them all unique.

If you were wondering what kind of tree would go in this pot?  We have a quite large Silverberry (Elaeagnus) in it.  Great!

I hope you all enjoyed this post.  Please let me know your thoughts on the pot itself and this Silverberry that’s in it.

Now I’m going to see if I can talk Mr. Tanaka into selling me the extra pot I found.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for looking at this pot with me!

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