On View In:
Gallery 226
Artist:   Jun Matsuo  
Title:   Bucket-shaped Vase  
Date:   c. 2003  
Medium:   Stoneware with natural ash glaze  
Dimensions:   11 5/16 x 12 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. (28.73 x 31.12 x 25.08 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Louis W. Hill, Jr. Fund  
Location:   Gallery 226  

Matsuo Jun’s educational path exemplifies the eclectic training enjoyed by contemporary Japanese potters. Although he is the son of the porcelain ceramist Matsuo Shigetoshi, he opted to attend Saga Junior Art College and then apprenticed with Kyoto potter Iwabuchi Shigeya. He then worked at his father’s kiln from 1985 until 1991 before establishing his own kiln in Takeo in Saga prefecture. For this vessel, based on the shape of a traditional wooden bucket, Matsuo used unglazed clay in a manner closely akin to Bizen or Tokoname ware.

Name:   Matsuo, Jun  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, b. 1955  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Inscription and sticker on bottom, impressed: untranslated seal at inner edge, on sticker: two characters  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   ovoid-shaped with flat foot; planar elements on body; open top pierced through with tapering ceramic wedge; shiny gold, copper and purplish tones  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   2004.81.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts