I really loved this post by Peter Tea so much I have to share it. Peter really has a knack for spotting great pots, it’s really amazing that your little tree could potentially be potted into something so historical. If you think about it some of these pieces have survived so much.

Peter Tea Bonsai

The Bonsai Ceramics of Syu-zan (舟山)

photoA ceramics plate showing all of Syu-zan’s chop marks.

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been actively learning and collecting more and more Bonsai ceramics.  In Japan, most of the pottery that I come across tend to either be Chinese or Japanese.  In this post I’m going to talk about one of my favorite Japanese maker and show some examples of his work.

Syu-zan 1928-1988

Syu-zan was born in Mie Prefecture in Tsu-city and grew up to become a Banker till 1971 when he decided to quit his job and become a full-time ceramics maker.  Syu-zan produced pots for 17 years in Aichi Prefecture, Togo ward, east of Nagoya city (Aichien is in Nagoya) till his death in 1988.

Syu-zan’s ceramics are well-known in Bonsai circles in Japan because of his Chinese Antique inspired works.  He is also one of the few Japanese pot…

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