Iga style round jar 6

Iga style round jar 6


This round jar was wheel thrown by Rowley from local stoneware and recycled clay. It was then bisque fired and  glazed with wood ash, then fired in one of the anagama kilns at Quixotica, over several days and nights. 


Iga ware is a style of Japanese pottery traditionally produced in Iga, Mie, former Iga Province, central Japan. Iga ware's origins are believed to date to the second half of the 7th century and 8th century. Starting in the late 16th century Momoyama period, Iga ware water vases with characteristic "ear" lugs appeared. The ear lugs added prestige to a vessel and thus became the popular norm. Since then the ears have become a mark of not only Iga flower vessels but also mizusashi water jars.


Traditionally, the Iga style does not use applied glaze. It is wood fired, which leaves ash on the pot as the firing progresses. This causes the surface to crystallize in a reddish hue, often with brown-grey scorch marks caused by ash and carbon, and a translucent green glaze from the burning timber. This occurs when the wood ash melts at the extremely high temperatures (~1300 degrees celcius) in the kiln. Since the wood ash is free of impurities, a clear jade translucent feldspathic glass called biidoro, after the Portuguese word for glass vidro, results. The clay’s durability means it can be fired multiple times without cracking, sometimes up to three times. The ash glaze builds up in layers and produces a translucence that does not form in modern gas-fired kilns.


This resulting piece has impactful ash, glaze and flame markings.


Price on application. Enquiries to quixoticaartspace@hotmail.com


Dimensions: 33 cm diameter x 34 cm high