Signed Japanese Awaji Pottery Vase Deep Drips Beautiful colors . Measures 6.5" x 8.5"Here's a truly wonderful AWAJA ISLAND POTTERY VASE, tortured with deep impressions and carved out surface areas, covered in heavy dripped glazes and rings. This piece is 6-1/2" tall and about 8-1/2" at widest. It appears to be a hand thrown piece and has a total 6 very significant impressions, five of which are equally spaced at mid-height and a 6th rogue dent high on the shoulder of the piece. It is ringed from the top to about mid-height where it external rings seems to vanish and large open spaces appear between the drips. In these open areas deep broad lines are carved into the surface. The glazes seem to be in three layers, a thick white glaze (visible on the lower half over which a pale green is layered and then a rich deep blue on the upper half with pools in the rings darkening and accenting them. Large splotches of the green/white combination are covered in the top half making them appear a darker green. As to markings.. The base is impressed with the flag mark and MADE IN JAPAN while nearby on the side of the piece is impressed what I assume the the chidori mark discussed in the references. Photos 5, 6, & 7 show these marks and their proximity to one another. This piece dates to the late Modern period, 1930's, during which these exotic glazed and manipulated pieces (consided among the finest produced on Awaji) were created until closing of the kilns in 1939. Factory mint condition. (one small piece of the heavy glaze drips has broken away from the base rim leaving what might seem a flaw, but it is colored in this area and as it left the factory...last photo)My appreciation to Thomas K Libby for his fine Introductory article on Awaji pottery from which much of the above information was obtained.