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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 : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #879132 (stock #313)
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A large sculpted image of the goddess of mercy Kannon cut from a solid slab of Iga clay by artist Kishimoto Kennin. The image is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. The artists mark is engraved into the base of the back; there is no box. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1350332 (stock #1068)
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A sizeable seihakuji vase by celadon master Fukami Sueharu (b. 1947) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. The vase is roughly 10-1/2 inches (26 cm) tall, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
The name of Kyotos Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #759099 (stock #225)
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A Shino bowl by modern pottery master Sato Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Dark iron characters diffuse into the misty feldspar glaze, Mu (nothingness) on one side and a circle on the other. A bowl steeped in the tradition of Zen, it is slightly closed at the irregular rim to focus the aroma. The bowl is 4 inches (10 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1211913 (stock #651)
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A powerful Chossen-Karatsu mimitsuki hanaire flower vase by Nakagawa Jinembo (Jinenbo b. 1953) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Licks of blue fire rim the blast of pale white covering the upper reaches of the dark earth. The shape is hammered and beaten by the flame, shinshoku wear from the extreme heat beginning to degrade the lip. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1075264 (stock #431)
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Iris leaves spring into the dark iron sides of this vase by Kawano Eichi (b. 1943) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 2 x 9 inches (5 x 22 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Born in Osaka, Eichi apprenticed under the 6th Kiyomizu Rokubei in Kyoto. He has displayed often at the Nitten National Exhibition as well as with the National New Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Shin Kogei Ten)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1293870 (stock #831)
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A Jomon patterned vessel by iving National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter and in fine 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, Tatsuzo set out to create a style unique to himself, resulting in the piece you see here, which is quintessential Tatsuzo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1243680 (stock #726)
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A sculptural Green form by Yamazaki Akira (Yamazaki Koyo II, b. 1927) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kujaku-yu Tori-tsubo (Peacock Glazed Bird Shaped Vase). The vase is 11 x 6 x 6 inches (28 x 15 x 14 cm) and in fine condition, signed on the base Akira...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1166097 (stock #297)
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A deep Choho-zara rectangular dish decorated with morning glories in dark rust and red over yellow with a black rim, a striking combination by Kyoto female artist Takagi Hoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Created from a heavy slab, the sides were raised and carved with wave patterns covered in white with a raw base chiseled out in long horizontal strokes...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 1990 item #817948 (stock #281 )
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A small Tsubo by Kato Sho (1927-2001) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dark earth is covered in a metallic blue glaze, running in rivulets over the scarred surface and washing onto the roughend clay of the base like the tide pulling back from the beach at night. The Tsubo is roughly 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Sho (1927-2001) was born into the house of a potter, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art before branching out on his own...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1367741 (stock #1141)
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A striking black and orange striped vase in simplified ovoid form by Mukunoki Eizo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kokusai Tsubo. This was purchased at a Mitsukoshi Exhibition. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Mukunoki Eizo Born in Shimane, and graduated the prefectural ceramics research facility before he apprenticed under Kawai Kanjiro in 1958. He would stay with Kanjiro until the masters death in 1966...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1055211 (stock #407)
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An unusual vase with rough, pebble textured pink glaze over scratched in cranes by one of Japans most important post-war artists, Shinkai Kanzan, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The shape and the design are exactly what we would expect from Kanzan, the coloring going even a step beyond. The texture is like unpolished jewels, the inside of a geode; very pleasing to the hands. The vase is 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall, 18 cm (7inches) diameter and in prefect condition.
Shinkai Kanz...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1302400 (stock #858)
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Natural glaze clings thick to the side of this faceted vase by female artist Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen-yu Mentori Hana-ire. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall, 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Koyama Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artist in Japan. Born in Sasebo, Nagasakin in 1938, she went to Shigaraki village, home of one of Japans Six Ancient Kilns (RokkoGama). Th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1118929 (stock #472)
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A charred Shino Tsubo by important artists Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The feldspathic glaze has been burnt and changed by contact with the flame, the crystallized surface varying in shades from yellow to pale green. Quite large, the Tsubo is 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
Hidetake was born third generation into a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began an apprenticeship under Kato Tokuro in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1104178 (stock #451)
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A stunning kinrande work by important Kutani artist Yamamoto Shigeyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. How has he so expertly defined the pattern, as it swells and shrinks on its way down the curvaceous form? The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Shigeyoshi (b. 1931) was born in the hotspring town of Ishikawa prefecture and was eheavily influenced by his grandfather the first generatin Kitajima Bunsen. He apprenticed under several people, starting wi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #814198 (stock #279)
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Mercuric silver slides silently down the mottle silver black of this bottle form Oil Spot vase by Unokawa Kazumasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The drainage of silver in precise ribs down the side is quite striking, with the rich black separating slowly into crisply defined spots.  The vessel shows a mastery of the Tenmoku-Yuteki technique, one of the most difficult to control.  It is over 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.  According to Kazumasa, The clay w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1143210 (stock #505)
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Gold invites the cool drink covered in a yellow glaze on this fine tokkuri by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1058751 (stock #416)
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The glaze on this sculpted form by The Bear of Echizen Kumano Kuroemon (also Kurouemon) is covered in the most fantastic crustations of glaze. Thick white over scarred red over shatterd black on an unconventional shape the artist has titled marukawara (round tile). It has Tomo everything, Artists history, wrapping cloth, with his ubiquitous calligraphy all over the signed box. The piece is 29 x 17 x 8 cm (11-1/2 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches) and is in perfect condition.
A ceramic madman, oil pain...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #915271 (stock #338)
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A proud striated egg shaped orb floats above the square block forming the base of this sculpture by Matsumoto Hideo covered with enigmatic graffito. The object is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall, 4 x 7 inches (11 x 18 cm) at the base, and is in excellent condition. This piece was purchased from an exhibition held in October, 1993, and a copy of a Newspaper article introducing the exhibition is enclosed with the piece. Hideo has been widely represented in Museum exhibitions throughout Japan. He w...