Made by Rookwood Pottery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1880 - 1960. Decorated by Kitaro Shirayamadani, Japanese (active United States), 1865 - 1948, active at Rookwood Pottery, 1887 - 1911 and 1921 - 1948.
Inspired by Japanese ceramics, this vase won a grand prize at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. Rookwood Pottery had only recently perfected the technique used to create it, which they called the “Black Iris” glaze. The decoration was achieved by building up delicate layers of light-colored slip (liquefied clay particles) on a cobalt glaze so thick it appears black.
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