Japanese carved / engraved pots
Bigei loves to engrave; and he has produced a very wide range of engraved, sculpted and carved pots.
Hirata Atsumi is a very popular potter from Tokoname, Japan. He produces mostly unglazed shohin, and some chuhin sized pots. They are often simple in design, to complement the tree, yet beautifully constructed. He is best known for his distinctive shaded shudei (vermilion clay) with its burnished look. He also produces some glazed pots, and his more recent work is quite decorative, with, for example, beautiful landscape engravings, carvings, and relief work.
Born in 1939, Bigei taught himself the art of ceramics from age 19. He established his own kiln in 1975, which is now closed.
A definite favourite, great value, mid-price range potter.
You could expect to pay from £30 for a small accent / mame pot, to £400 plus for a nice larger carved chuhin pot, or more for a Sansui!
Rising in value!