Unlike majolica and the vast majority of Western art pottery, most Awaji pottery is robustly hand-thrown, with only small and complex forms molded.
Some of the earlier ware is delicately potted, but the majority of Awaji-ware is more stoutly constructed and pleasantly balanced.
They aren’t selling them anymore, which is a tragedy and made me even less inclined to toss the tank in question.
Overall the shirt was structurally sound but I wore it to the Great Sand Dunes and the front had gotten strangely sand yellowed and a few other spots were discolored as well.
Acanthus: A carved ornament, typically a finial or pendant drop resembling acanthus leaves, used decoratively, especially on furniture.
Acorn: A carved ornament, typically a finial or pendant drop resembling an acorn, often used on William and Mary furniture.
Art Nouveau: A late 19th century decorative art movement.
Most of the pieces that we see here in the West were made sometime between the mid 1870's when Awaji began exporting pottery, and the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed.
Awaji pottery comes in an abundant variety of shapes, colors, and decorative techniques.
I of course concocted a far more complicated plan to hand draw designs on the tank and then “paint it” with fabric dye.
I bought a Tee Juice fabric marker in black and started drawing out designs from my coloring book “In the Garden”.