Modern Japanese Ceramics Pottery Contemporary
By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1425074 (stock #1505)
A quintessential large basin titled Kai no Hachi (Shell Bowl) by legendary female artist Koike Shoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box complete with Shiori and Shifuku wrapping cloth. It is covered in pale white glaze with highlights in gray and silver, and just a few touches of iron. The sculpted dish measures roughly 41 cm (16 inches) diameter, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) at the highest point, and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1417828 (stock #1451)
A breathtaking sculpture by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The inverted cone is dark gray with rust red and blue patterns waving across the surface like gas clouds on some distant moon. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter. The wooden box is titled: Untitled. In fact he does not title any of his work now, preferring to leave interpretation up to the viewer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411358 (stock #1386)
Reminiscent of an excavated Haniwa figure of a house, this museum quality vase is by Koinuma Michio and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Tsubo. It is an iconic work by this eclectic artist, whose work is entirely unique and easily discernible. It is 27.5 cm (11 inches) square, 37 cm (14-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Due to size this will require special shipping consideration...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1425111 (stock #1506)
An ovaloid hemisphere in deep rust colors by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled, like all his work, “Untitled”. It is 26 cm diameter, 27 cm tall and in perfect condition, directly from the artist this winter. After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1377397 (stock #1209)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
Destroyed in Osaka Earthquake
It is 60 x 37 x 15.5 cm (23-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 6 inches). A split in the form drooping on one end creates a sense of instability and impermanence, creating a personal tension between viewer and viewed. It is signed R. Kiyomizu, dating it post 2000...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1424479 (stock #1499)
A large celadon bowl by highly sought artist Fukami Sueharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled humorously “8” (Hachi in Japanese, the number a homonym for the word bowl). The bowl flares from a small base creating a dramatic silhouette, as if it is about to soar. About the small foot ring the glaze bunches like drapery. This sense of lightness is a fixture of the artists work, and he is well known for his wing like sculptures...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1421253 (stock #1472)
A specter of black haunts the pure form of this superb vessel by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suminagashi Kabin (Vase with poured ink pattern). This alone in the alcove, with the morning light filtering throgh the paper doors across the surface, stops me in my tracks. It is 27 cm (10-3/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411190 (stock #1385)
Gold nuggets gleam on the deep lavender and black surface of this natural-formation by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kurinuki Kinsai Kaki. Kinsai is literally gold color, and here the artist has embedded gold into the surface, allowing it to expand and bubble out in the heat of the firing process. The effect of this on the dark matt surface is both striking and original. Kurinuki is the technique of digging a form out of a block of clay...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1414077 (stock #1403)
An extraordinary and monumental glass platter by Nakashima Yasushi exhibited at the 18th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1989, enclosed in the original signed and dated wooden box titled Kurogyoku Moyo Garasu O-zara (Black Jade Style Glass Platter). It is 21 inches (53 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. In excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1412898 (stock #1400)
Zen imagery of the in iron of the motif Triangle, circle and square decorate the frothy white glaze on this Shino Chawan by important artist Wakao Toshisada enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A superb example of his tea bowls, it is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter,9.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. The tri-part symbol is famous from the Sengai Gibon Zen scroll of the 18th century...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1409174 (stock #1361)
A book for the blind written in braille soaked in clay and burnt into a fluffy mass by Nishimura Yohei enclosed in a Perspex case and made to be hung on the wall. The fragile cover has been partially torn away, revealing the inside like some secret treasure of hidden knowledge...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411987 (stock #1395)
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is cause...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1412517 (stock #1396)
This burnished finish is one of the signature effects of Living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu seen on this fluted gourd enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen-yaki Hyotan Hanaike. Here the blue-gray clay is covered in charred red mottles, like the natural patterns on a dried gourd, the smooth sangiri surface intentionally marred with occasional rough patches. A masterpiece and true evidence of the mastery of Toshu, one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1414922 (stock #1423)
An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1410237 (stock #1370)
A beautiful open form of pale clay dashed with scarlet Hidasuki lines by Koyama Suehiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is quite large at 37 cm (14-1/2 inches) tall and is in excellent condition. Hidasuki is a distinctly Bizen technique wherein straw is placed on the piece before firing, causing a chemical reaction with the composition of the clay, heat and straw, which leaves these dark lines after the chaff has burned away.
Koyama Suehiro was born the third son of tradi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1409043 (stock #1360)
Hand prints on the rim reverberate like echoes of the potter on this very large basin in Kuma-Shino Glaze by reclusive potter Kumano Kurouemon (also Kuroemon) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shiro Mori-bachi (White Oversized-Bowl). Deep pits and crawling in the thick glaze are trademarks of this potters work. This piece has the added feature of much revealed clay, like snow receding from stone, a site this potter is very familiar with deep in the forested hills of Echizen. I...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1421287 (stock #1473)
A prototypical example of this artists most sought-after style, a ‘Scattered Blossoms’ vessel by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Funka Kabin (Scattered Flowers Vase). It is 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition, dating from the late ‘70s.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living National Treasures Kondo Yuzo and Tomimoto Kenkichi at the Kyoto Municip...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1412617 (stock #1397)
An earing clings to the “mimi” on this fabulous ash glazed vessel by one of our favorite hidden treasures, Tamura Roppo, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koshu Iga Mimitsuki Hanaire. The traditional form is affixed with two “ears”, from one of which clings one tremulous drip of ash, seeming to slightly weigh down that side. Happenstance occurring at just the right place at just the right time during the firing process that it survived without falling or breaking off. I...