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I have been busy. Like most bonsai guys(pottery is a passion…but it’s still all about the trees, right?) spring is the busiest time of year! Several articles in the works so stay tuned.
Now, your mark. This is an easy one, and it was very hard for you to identify because it’s upside down. Over half of all queries I receive from people who are familiar with the site have the orientation wrong, so it’s common enough that there is a good 20 minutes of my beginner and intermediate lectures devoted to it!
The artist is Heian Kousen, and that’s what the stamp reads. Anyone named “Heian” is from Kyoto, so that’s one piece of information about him. Your container, like most other Kousen, is a Tofukuji Homage. It’s was made most likely in the last 20 years given the size. He passed away last year.
There are a few slides from my beginner lecture on orientation. Those are the most common kanji in marks and knowing which way is up on those makes it whole lot easier!
I think I’ll add “Heian”-“平安” to the PowerPoint since everyone from Kyoto uses it…all the best potters…Heian Tofukuji, Heian Kouzan, Heian Kouso…