Miyashita Zenji applied extremely thin layers of colored clay to the body of this vase. The technique creates an overlap that, when paired with a gradient color palette ranging from dark purple to pale yellow to light pink, evokes sunrise over a hazy mountain range.

The son of ceramic artist Miyashita Zenju, Miyashita Zenji began working with celadon ceramics at a young age and has been been employing a procedure called saidei in his work since the early 1980s. Saidei involves layering paper-thin sheets of colored clay over one another to create a relief effect along the body of the vessel. Zenji typically uses a gradated range of colors, and his work demonstrates a strong appreciation of nature, often calling to mind distant hills, sunsets, drifting clouds, or rolling waves.


  • Title: Domed Vase
  • Creator: Miyashita Zenji
  • Date: 1994
  • Physical Dimensions: w59.7 x h47.6 x d21.7 cm (overall)
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: © Zenji Miyashita
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Stoneware with glaze
  • Period: Heisei era
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by Nippon Steel USA, Inc. and the Japan Business Association of Houston

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