Placitas artist Michael Prokos was among the first artists to experiment in wood firing . Prokos helped build New Mexico’s first wood-fire kiln—modeled after a Japanese Anagama kiln—in Madrid in 1999, when there were only about a dozen wood-fire kilns in the country. Sculptural and often utilitarian, Prokos’s work complicates and blurs all traditional distinctions between fine art and crafts.
A VERY FINE JAPANESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMELED BRONZE AND SILVER MOUNTED VASE, HAYASHI KODENJI WORKSHOP, MEJI PERIOD, CIRCA 1890. Of ovoid six panel form, decorated with cascading wisteria above irises on a midnight blue ground, signed with incised chop mark on base. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm).
A monumental cloisonné enamel vase Meiji period (late 19th century) Of elongated ovoid form with faceted sides, set on a splayed foot and with tall flaring mouth, worked in polychrome enamels, aventurine and silver wires, the shoulder decorated with barbed cartouches of dragons and phoenix and the body with a band of large lappets containing alternating dragons and phoenix, the surrounding areas designed with densely decorated foliate scrolls, floral lozenges and cranes in clouds, copper…
Japanese Ginbari Cloisonne Enamel Vase by Kumeno Teitaro (Nagoya, 1863-1939), the body of tapering ovoid form with a short slightly flared neck, covered overall in translucent and colored enamels with a lone heron wading in a pond surrounded by vibrant lotus blossoms, the largest blossoms slightly raised, the rims silvered