Designated as a Living National Treasure in 1993, Matsui Kōsei was hugely influential in the revival of neriage (marbleized, colored-clay ware that he perfected, studying numerous examples of ancient Chinese ceramics as a priest at Gessō-ji Temple in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture. Matsui far surpassed these historic predecessors by creating abstract and geometric surface patterning by applying to the surface or throwing numerous layered colored clays, often with a rough-hewn texture. His research and intense studies in this difficult technique, culminated in worldwide recognition for his tradition-steeped vessels.
Sen Shun "Early Spring" rectangular vessel decorated with landscape scene
16 x 13 x 6 1/4 in.
Globular marbleized (neriage) large tsubo (vessel) with rough layers of dark pink, light pink to white colored clays
12 1/2 x 14 3/4 in.
White, black, gray and yellow large neriage (marbleized) bowl
6 1/4 x 19 in.
Marbleized vessel with tidal-grass patterning
11 1/2 x 12 inches
Blue and white Neriage (marbleized) vessel with floral patterning
8 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Small, round neriage vase in blue, pink and orange
4 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.