Yamasan Modernist Ikebana Vases Japan
I love the forms and decoration of these Modernist Japanese Ikebana vases. The maker is “Yamasan”, Japan – but to date I have not been able to find out much about this maker.
There are currently a number of businesses in Japan with this name, but none of them I can see have a history as a ceramics producer.
The Yamasan factory seemed to have a good export market for its wares, going by the amount of pottery still in circulation around the world. They produced a variety of wares including dinnerware, utilitarian and decorative pieces, some stamped “made in occupied Japan”
The most well known and popular designs from Yamasan today though are these stunning Ikebana vases, which look to be from the 1950s or 1960s.
The glaze is an iron rich one which has a grainy, bark like texture, with fantastic rust coloured, heavily textured runs. They are such architectural forms as well – reminding me of little modernist or brutalist dwellings.