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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 : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #668318 (stock #135)
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2 traditional Hagi bowls from the important Kaneta family artists Masanao and his father Sanzaemon, enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. Deep groves define the bowl by Masanao, the style and color more subdued than usual, a reminder of his roots in traditional tea ware. The bowl by Sanzaemon uses slightly more aggressive clay, the fissured surface bordering on Oni-ware. The Masanao bowl is 3-1/4 inches (8) cm tall, 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #780257 (stock #255)
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Here are an assortment of three sake cups by both Kaneta Masanao and Kishimoto Kennin. The first is the Masanao, a superb pale kurinuki Hagi bowl covered in lavender tinged glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The second is an igneous natural Iga piece by Kishimoto Kennin, also excellent condition in the original signed box. Last is a thick feldspar crusted Shino bowl also by Kennin, enclosed in an unsigned wooden box...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1309988 (stock #872)
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A set of five concentric back glazed sake-cups enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Yagi Akira. They vary in size from 2-1/2 inches to 4 inches diameter (6.5 to 10 cm) and in excellent condition. For a similar (admittedly larger) set see “Contemporary Clay, Japanese Ceramics for the New Century “(2005) by Joe Earle.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1369211 (stock #1169)
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Five completely unique bowls by important contemporary artist Yamada Kazu showing five unique aspects of Mino-ware enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Meshiwan, Shino, Hikidashi guro, Oribe, Kiseto, Kakuyu Oribe and dating circa 2000. Each is roughly 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and all are in excellent condition.
Kazu was born in Tokoname city, one of Japans ancient kiln areas, into a line of potters...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1369626 (stock #1174)
A small celadon box by in the shape of an elephane by Akiyama Yo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zo Kogo. Kogo are used to carry Shaped Incense. It is 2 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (6 x 5 x 6.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Akiyama Yo was born in Yamaguchi, home of Hagi pottery) in 1953, but went to Kyoto to study at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1976. He has an impressive list of exhibitions both domestic and abroad...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1355845 (stock #967)
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Like the charred remains of an open book deep fingerprints still visible from the opening hands within, this is a fine example of the work of Avante Garde Akiyama Yo enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 2013. It is 6-1/2 x 5 inches (16/5 x 13 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Akiyama Yo was born in Yamaguchi, home of Hagi pottery) in 1953, but went to Kyoto to study at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1976...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1420918 (stock #1471)
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Exquisite kiln effects mark this Ujoyaki Tsubo by Imai Rikei from Aomori Prefecture enclosed in the original signed wooden box named Zuiha (Swirling wave). It is 33 cm tall, 29 cm diameter and in excellent condition. Imai Rikei was born in Aomori Prefecture in 1947, and fires in the Ujoykai traditional manner making use of the worlds longest climbing kiln (guiness book of world records, 103 meters long, you can see it on youtube)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411358 (stock #1386)
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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 : Vases : Contemporary item #1389239 (stock #1266)
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Wow! Is what comes to mind the first time you see this daring silver glazed organic Kake Hana-ire by Okumura Hiromi. The clay folds about onto itself, forming a seed-like pod, with an opening in the top and wings extending out both sides. A wire loop is affixed to the back for wall hanging. A signed and stamped wooden plackard by the artist accompanies the piece. It is 11 x 14 x 5 inches (28 x 36 x 13 cm) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1374899 (stock #1194)
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An incredible organic form, the delicate petals appearing to waft in some tide by Shingu Sayaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A closed bud on the side is lined with hundreds of tiny sharp needles in black. It is 6 x 5 x 4 inches (15 x 13 x 10 cm) and in excellent condition.
Shingu Sayaka was born in Osaka, the industrial and commercial heartland of central Japan, in 1979. She graduated the Osaka University of Arts in 2001, before being selected as an artist in residence ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1403194 (stock #1335)
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An exquisite work of micro-calligraphy by young female artist Tamura Seito IV enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Karakusa moyo koro. It is roughly 4 inches tall and in new condition. Tamura Seito is a fourth-generation potter and chosen to inherit the tradition of Saiji micro-calligraphy for the Tamura family. She graduated Tsukuba University in 2004, then began to study under Tamura Keisei. In 2007 she graduated the Ishikawa prefectural Kutani Research Center and began a fell...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1356723 (stock #1105)
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An exquisite platter on two legs by Aoyama Tetsuro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rush of white and and soft blue across the surface is reminiscent of the “Ma”, or blank space of an ink waterfall painting. It measures 41 x 40.5 x 10 cm (16 x 16 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Aoyama Tetsuro was born in Gifu, home of the Mino potteries, in 1946. He apprenticed under Kato Jin in 1961, moving out on his own in 1973. He has exhibited at the Nitten, Nihon Shin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1358012 (stock #1120)
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A simple contemporary form by leading proponent of modernism in Japan, female artist Araki Takako, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 19.6 cm (8 inches) diameter, 14 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition. The box has some water stains.
Araki Takako (1921-2004) was born daughter of a Zen priest in Nishinomiya, Hyogo prefecture between the cities of Osaka and kobe. Araki devoted herself to the family profession of flower arranging until 1952 when she began to study p...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1408943 (stock #1359)
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Molten glaze in volcanic plumes extending from a yellow blast wrap tendrils around this exquisite Bizen vessel by Baba Takashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Yohen Tsubo. The kiln effects are spectacular, covering the blackened Bizen clay with yellows, charcoals and a myriad of natural tones. It is quite large at 15 x 13 x 9-1/2 inches (38 x 33 x 24 cm) and is in new condition. Depending upon destination, special shipping consideration may be required.
At 36, Ba...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1399689 (stock #1303)
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Like a fossilized ammonite excavated from some dry desert pit, dry green glass leaves off to arid cracked earth on this swirling vessel by Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is a powerful work with sensational textures. 26 cm (10 inches) diameter, rising from 7 to 11 cm (3 to 4-1/2 inches) high at the shoulder. Due to the convoluted shape and extreme temperatures there are stress fractures born from the firing process.
Atarashi Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1399743 (stock #1304)
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Very different from the previous piece just listed, here the tide has pulled away from the rocks leaving htem slick and shiny, an igneous Toban platter by Iga master Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is random, like an act of nature, and pays tribute to the material while bringing the tradition into the 21st century. The plate is 45 x 30 cm (17-1/2 x 12 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Atarashi Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, and graduated the Osaka Co...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1426874 (stock #1514)
A large bowl by important contemporary porcelain artist Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The shape is very elegant, with stiffly rising sides leading to an abrupt undulating rim in soft celadon green. A striking silhouette, it is 22 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter, 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son of avant-garde Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) one of...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1424185 (stock #1497)
A bottle decorated with biblical passages by Araki Takako fired at the kiln of Uchida Koichi enclosed in the original wooden box signed by KOichi. It is the introduction of Mary from the book of Luke. The slender bottle itself is very much in the style and color of Koichi, and one might venture to say he had a hand in its making. The biblical passage is the obvious work of Takako, and on bottom is engraved her signature. The vase is 23 cm (9 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #658958 (stock #109)
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A magnificent and boldly potted Mashiko dish in the shape of a suribachi (grinding bowl) by Kawajiri Hiroshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is covered in rivulets of green glaze adding an extra dimension of texture to the vertical engravings. The piece is 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) diameter, 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Hiroshi was born in Hokkaido in 1946, and made his pottery debut under the watchful eye of Hamada Shoji, breaking away from his teacher in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1294069 (stock #832)
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An organic form by Ikegami Kazuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bitchu Obuje. It is 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 9 inches (21.5 x 19 x 23 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1346494 (stock #1058)
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An exquisite tri-faceted Bizen vessel blasted with molten ash by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled. Each face not only flares in the center, but joins on a wavy line, a very complicated form, something which challenges the senses as we have come to expect from this experimental artist. It is 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interest...
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 : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1139492 (stock #489)
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Hidasuki lines of burnt straw run like veins through the leaf shaped body of this Happa-zara by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 14 x 8 inches (35 x 21 cm) and in excellent condition.
Mitsuru was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property for Okayama (the prefectural version of a living National Treasure, likely more importa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1355308 (stock #1094)
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An iconic representation of this artists work, a large hidasuki Tsubo of red clay marked with burnt straw by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Tsubo. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property for Okayama...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1139496 (stock #490)
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Two burnt red suns flair in the center of this rectangular slab by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 9 x 5 inches (23 x 11.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Mitsuru was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property for Okayama (the prefectural version of a living National Treasure, likely more important as it is truly based on...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1279519 (stock #799)
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A combination of craftsmanship and superb firing affects define this large Bizen platter from the O-gama kiln of Konishi Toko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #677840 (stock #152)
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A vase of tapering slabs with lug handles by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original wooden box. No surface is left untouched, strips of clay cleaved and torn from all sides, accentuating the radical well bucket form. Strategic placement in the kiln allowed the piece to bake brick red in the flame in some parts, smatterings of ash here and there, with shadows of pale earth peering through from the edges of the backside. The vase is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall, roughly 5 x 7 inches (12 x 18 cm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #933257 (stock #352)
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Spectacular Hi-iro defines this sake set by Konishi Toko II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Various shades of color scorch the undecorated flame licked raw earth. A pleasure to drink from in every aspect, every cup offering a new facet. The tokkuri is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, cups 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) diameter and all is in perfect condition. Toko, of course, learned from his father Toko I (1899-1954) and was succeeded by his own son Toko III.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #666160 (stock #131)
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A fantastic sculptural Bizen vase by Ajiki Hiro (b. 1948) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1995. The vase is roughly 14 inches (35 cm) tall and very heavy, the entire piece carved and cored from a solid block of clay. Hiro is an artist versed in many of Japans ceramic traditions. He fires Shino, Oribe, Seto, Raku, Bizen and Hagi styles as well as styles all his own. His daring Bizen forms have been compared to those of Kakurezaki Ryuichi, and in fact the two often coll...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1135255 (stock #482)
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If you wanted a fine Bizen sake flask this is the one, by Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It seems to encompass all the great characteristics of Bizen all wrapped in one small package. The vessel is 13 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Bizen City, Okayama in 1899, Kei did not enter the ceramic world until he was already 40 years old. In his youth he studied art and literature in Tokyo. Intent upon becoming a noveli...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bottles : Pre 2000 item #659545 (stock #111)
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Kuro goma clings aggressively to the surface leaving one large eye of raw clay exposed; a fine Bizen Tokkuri Sake flask by Shibaoka Masashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Masashi was born to the family of Shibaoka Kozan in 1946. He studied in Kyoto before returning to Okayama to work under his fathers tutelage. He has since been displayed at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition) among others. ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #947572 (stock #360)
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Hidashiki straw lines char deep red into the raw clay sides of this smooth Bizen vase by Yamamoto Soshu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Soshu is the wife of the eldest son of Yamamoto Toshu.
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1383573 (stock #1245)
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This dark form representing a flower wears its areola at a randy angle like an Aussie slouch hat. It is by Azuchi Tadahisa and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Hanabira Kaki. It is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Azuchi Tadahisa was born in Takayama in 1947, and became a farmer after graduating university. In 1978 he began producing glass works in his off time, learning the craft under Kotani Shinzo of the Kurashiki Glass tradition.....
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.
Nakashima Yasushi (1938-2017) was born in Hyogo prefecture and gr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1425125 (stock #1507)
A wan-gata black Raku Chawan Tea bowl with silver foot about which iridescent rust seems to flame up, as if the bowl is still cooling, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The genuine silver foil has been applied by the artist to the foot where the glaze had adhered to the kiln tiles during firing. It is 9.5 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall, 12 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this winter.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1056355 (stock #409)
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A boxed set of three bowls titled Sanyu-chawan (The Three Friends), each enclosed in their original signed wooden boxes wrapped in signed shifuku by Nakazato Shigetoshi (E-karatsu), Yamato Yasuo (Hagi) and Hayashi Kotaro (Shino). Each is a masterpiece by the brightest stars of their generation, Kotaro, the light of Shino, Shigetoshi, who worked tirelessly to revive ancient Karatsu traditions, and Yasuo, who almost single-handedly brought Hagi into the modern era.
The Karatsu bowl is 13cm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #658950 (stock #106)
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A stunning white hagi glaze tinted with lavender cools on the sculpted natural from of this most expressive chawan by representative Hagi artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, the same height and in perfect condition. Like Ryuichi, Masano likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagis most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His pieces are in the collection of ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1314174 (stock #887)
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Rich rivulets of stunning green crystallize on the surface of this tokkuri sake-bottle by important Mino artist Hayashi Kotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The bottle is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kotaro was born in Gifu prefecture, and graduated the prefectural ceramic facility. He was displayed at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Asahi Togei Ten Ceramics Exhibition and Chunichi Kokusai Togeiten among othe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1401002 (stock #1317)
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A Pottery box by pioneering female artist Tsuboi Asuka made as a flowing roll of golden brocade inspired by traditional textiles enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 19 x 15 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 6 x 6-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Tsuboi Asuka was born in Osaka in 1932, but the family moved to Tokyo when she was 12. She graduated the prestigious and progressive Jiyu Gakkuen (A progressive girls School established in 1921) then moved to Kyoto in 1953, Kyoto, the cit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1403845 (stock #1343)
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A Pottery pouch covered in polka-dot silver glaze inspired by traditional textiles by pioneering female artist Tsuboi Asuka threaded with genuine silver couched chord and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Tsuboi Asuka was born in Osaka in 1932, but the family moved to Tokyo when she was 12. She graduated the prestigious and progressive Jiyu Gakkuen (A progressive girls School established in 1921) then moved to Kyot...
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. What does he wish to tell us through these shattered pages? Nishimura uses his kiln to remove objects such as books from the time stream by carbonizing the object, he leaves us with the concept of the object he started...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1282057 (stock #809)
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A silver mist box with glass lid by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 4-1/2 x 3 x 4-1/2 inches (11.5 x 7 x 11.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takahiro (b. 1958) was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. However he graduated Hosei University not with a degree in sculpture or crafts, but in Literature. From there he studied at the Kyoto Prefectural Technical Institute of Ceramics, followed by a year at the Kyoto Municipal Inst...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1056218 (stock #408)
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A fine ceramic box dating from the 1940s by pre-eminent 20th century ceramicist Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a kiri-box annotated by Kawai Koha of the Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan Museum. It is covered in a pale green glaze with his unmistakable swirling patterns on the lid and sides. The vessel is (roughly) 5.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm (2-1/4 x 3 x 2-1/4 inches).
No ceramic artist of the Showa approached Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) for creativity and artisanship. Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and toge...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1335412 (stock #979)
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A fine Hai-yu ash glazed vase by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine condition. Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. With a very impressive career, Koichi too was designated a Living National Treasure for work with iron glaze the ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1310886 (stock #873)
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A fine example of Chosen Karatsu by important artist Nishioka Koju enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Nishioka Koju (1918-2006) was born in Saga prefecture, and after participating in kiln research began working in Karatsu style ceramics around 1950 in a kiln he built that was named by Koyama Fujio. To this kiln came Fujiwara Kei and Arakawa Toyozo, the latter from whom he received the name Koju....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1063377 (stock #424)
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A dark charred Chosen Karatsu kamahen Mimitsuku Mizusashi by Nishioka Koju (b. 1918) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. All is deeply coated in thick burnt ash. Red shows through rivulets of dark olive burnt to the side of the body. The raw clay is visible through the thick ash drips on one side. It has a custom black lacquered wooden lid and is in fine condition but for the handle on the lid, which was broken and repaired. It is 6 inches (15.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (17.5 cm) diamete...
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. This is in the style of work he was producing in the mid to late '60s, when he was granted the most import...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1322410 (stock #940)
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What a way to start the day, having your coffee or tea in a cup by a Japanese Living National Treasure. This is a Mashiko mug with Jomon Rope impressions and aka-e designs by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1199337 (stock #631)
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A tower of geometric in silver and red by Kawano Eichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pebble textured surface and straight lines of the side are juxtaposed by the irregular and angular patterns of silver, like the outline of stones leading to a temple cast in shadow across the sides. The vase is 13 inches (33.5 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) square and in fine condition.
Eichi was born in Osaka, 1943, and was raised in the post-war era of huge change. He studied in the p...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1267004 (stock #628)
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The feldspar covering this unusual torn and ragged form by Hayashi Shotaro is dominated by fire-colored red. It is quite an amazing thing to behold. The body is hollowed out from a solid block of clay, the sides cut away into an abstract star shape which has then been gouged, scraped and torn, then capped by a delicate umbrella of red-orange. It is 8 inches (19 cm) diameter, 7 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shotaro is one of Japans true genius potters, moving far beyon...
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A striking Bizen Chawan of mixed clay by young artist Yokoyama Naoki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mixed earth is pulled and twisted out of shape; one can sense the plasticity with your eyes. The stretched earth is burnt red where it has been licked by flame, yet remains pale from the shadows of the kiln. The bowl is just less than 5 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Naoki has been displayed at the Chanoyu Zokei Ten at the Tana...
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A large mizusashi extolling thevirtues of True Momoyama Bizen by Abe Anjin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The iron like quality of the work comes from the temperature at which Anjin fires, 200 degrees higher than most Bizen potters. Scars and interconnecting symbols harken back to the days of group firing and kiln marks. The piece is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Very rare!
Born in Osaka in 1938, the mysterious recluse be...
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A large slab of clay has been bent, torn pinched, and wrent into an abstract dish by Contemporary artist Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 57 by 26 cm (22-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. There are some minor dings and dents to the wooden box lid. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #970539 (stock #372)
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A large Hidasuki Bizen Table by Shibaoka Nobuyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Two large circles beyond the burnt-straw remains gives the effect of the moon reflecting off water viewed through a rush of bamboo. The table is 17-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 4 inches (44 x 24.5 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. Nobuyoshi was born in 1950, the son of Ikkai. He graduated the Bizen Industrial High School and went on to apprentice at the Bizen Ceramics Research Institute followed by traini...
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The edges burn dark brown on this large Bizen vase by Kawabata Fumio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Green ash clings to the upper surface, peeling away from the superheated corners, the bottom rich dark raw clay. The vase is (‘29 x 21 x 36 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Fumio was born in Yokohama city in 1948, far from the traditional kilns of Bizen hundreds of kilometers to the west in Okayama. After studying graphic design he was captivated by the natural landscap...
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Hidashiki lines trhead like lightening from the clouded shoulder of this charred Bizen Sake Flask by Yamamoto Izuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel is 5 inches (135.5 cm) tall, roughly 3-1/2 inches (93 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Yamamoto Izuru was born into the family of famous potter Yamamoto Toshu in 1944. He graduated the sculpture division of Musashino University, then went on to Paris for another two years of sculpting before returning to Bizen t...
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Flying goma ash dusts the ribbon scalloped sides of this large Bizen vase by Matsumoto Katsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 12 inches (31 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) wide and in excellent condition. Born in neighboring Hyogo prefecture in 1942, at the age of 29 Katsuya apprenticed under Fujiwara Yu. He opened his own kiln in 1976. In 1982 he debuted at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition) and has consistently been exhibited there sinc...
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Charred glaze runs in rivulets, blasted around the sides of this Kamahen Bizen vase by Yamamoto Izuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Yamamoto Izuru was born into the family of famous potter Yamamoto Toshu in 1944. He graduated the sculpture division of Musashino University, then went on to Paris for another two years of sculpting before returning to Bizen to apprentice und...
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A striking large and deep basin by Yamamoto Noriyuki decorated with rich gold and iron designs enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pattern is reminiscent of Ainu texties from the indigenous Northern Peoples of Japan. The dish is 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (34 x 27 x 9 cm) and in fine condition.
Born in Tottori Northern Japan in 1948, Noriyuki came under the influence of Mingei adherent Yoshida Shoya (1898-1972) at the age of 16, and this formed the basic principles of hi...