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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 : Vases : Pre 1990 item #770320 (stock #244)
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Raw dark earth is surmounted by metallic color on vase by Uke Kensaku enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The five uneven sides seem to be forced together at random, the lack of uniformity contrasting with the precise design and bringing a sense of freshness to the piece. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, 8 x 9 inches (20 x 23 cm) across the base. Kensaku was born in Osaka in 1940, and first graduated the Tama University of Art Painting department before embarking on the ceramic pat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #775158 (stock #246)
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A trumpeting form vase by celadon master Suwa Sozan III (1932-2005) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This vase is a break from the more traditional works often associated with this artist in the west, and shows very well the more contemporary side for which he is known domestically. Three paddle marks gyrate around a dark bead, providing depth to the engraved vortex swirling on the side. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition. S...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #777631 (stock #250)
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An animated work by one of Japans most interesting 20th century ceramic artists Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box endorsed by the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The heavy piece dates from later in this artists distinguished career. It is in a style known as Doro-e, or slip design, and the design is actually raised quite off the surface. All is covered in a gosu cobalt glaze. The plaque is 8 by 11-1/4 by 2 inches (20 x 28.5 x 5 cm) and in perfect condition. Dish plaques like this are ver...
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 are in excellent condition, roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #791009 (stock #258)
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A Nezumi-Shino tea bowl by Shino Artist Nakajima Masao (1922-present); the daring lines and rugged texture, in addition to the bold geometric patterns visible through the thick, pitted red glaze make this bowl quite outstanding. The artists’ stamp is impressed beside the Kodai, and it comes in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The large bowl measures 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim and is in perfect condition, reminiscent of the famous Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #791234 (stock #259)
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A stylish faceted piece by Toita Takatsugu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A milk white glaze thinly veils the rough dark clay, windows of dark brown showing through about the base and side. It appears to have been formed on a wheel, then shaped, with standing flanges where the sides were cut away. The chunky piece is just less than 8 inches (20 cm) tall, and is in perfect condition. Takatsugu was born in Toyama in 1943, and began his training at the age of 23 under Yoshida Kozo,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #793057 (stock #264)
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The fire side of this traditional form mimitsuki Shigaraki cylinder has been flattened with a deep swath of the paddle, creating a valley through which ran molten glass to which clings a thick range of crisp ash embers, a spectacular piece by Shigaraki representative Honiwa Rakunyu (d. 1963) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Opposite Tombo-no-me (dragonfly eyes) speckle the raw red surface; the result of feldspathic inclusions in the clay body. The vase is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #794234 (stock #265)
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A striking large Han-zutsu Shino bowl by Kato Kageaki with cotton buffer and silk bag enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Linear forms lie shadowlike below the thick pitted shino glaze burnt red on the edges, the body torn and cut creating a vivacious landscape for the senses. The bowl is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It comes wrapped in a custom fitted silk bag with a central cotton tuft, showing the high esteem and value lavished o...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #797598 (stock #270)
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A fine deeply fissured Seiji Bakuhen Tenmoku bowl by contemporary artist Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze appears to be multiple layered transparent green, shattered like jade, a startling effect actually. The bowl is in the traditional Chinese form called Tenmoku, with a small delicate foot of dark clay. It is signed inside the wari-kodai. The Shifuku wrapping cloth is actually embroidered with the artists name. The bowl is nearly 6 inches (15.5 cm) dia...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #812233 (stock #277)
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A large and lovely platter by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The wavelike surface traps the thick crystalline ash glaze in deep green pools, the edges left raw and exposed.  The excessive amount of glaze is typical of this artists work, and she is known for firing her kiln for up to 14 days straight.  The dish is roughly 1 foot (30 cm) square and in excellent condition.  Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #813330 (stock #278)
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A large trumpeting vase by Iwasaka Tadashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box and exhibited at the 1992 Shinsaku TogeiTen (20th Exhibition of New Ceramic Works) pictured on page 276; catalog included.  It is titled simply Purple-Red Wide Mouth Vessel, but the combination of colors over the unpretentious form is nothing less than striking.  Vivid red underscores the rich lavender spray speckling the body.  The vase is 12-1/2 inches (32.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter at the mou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #818380 (stock #282)
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An unusually large piece by Upcoming Bizen artist Wakimoto hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Made as two slabs pushed together slightly ‚
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #822068 (stock #285)
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A voluminous Tsubo of blistered dark clay by Furutani Michio enclosed in the original singed wooden box. The Tsubo is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition. Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the book on Anagama kilns, and one of the more influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He was born in Shigaraki; graduating the Konan High School of industrial Arts, he moved to further his studies (like so many ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #831532 (stock #287)
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Icy-blue meanders like a waterfall through the crags and crevices forming the sides of this elongated Oribe wall vase by young artist Ito Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition, with a metal ring on back for hanging. Katsuhiko was born in Tsushima, Aichi prefecture in 1964, and raised in the heart of Mino ceramics. He apprenticed under Kato Shuntei in 1985. He has been displayed publicly at the Nihon Dento Togeiten (Nati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #835558 (stock #290)
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Hi-dasuki lines of red charring streak across the surface of this large Tokkuri Vase by Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A smooth even profusion of bubbles welter about the clay, adding a tactile texture to the elongated body. The vase is over 20 inches (51.5 cm) tall and in perfect 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 C...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #837253 (stock #291)
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A heavily glazed early square pottery dish by Kimura Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The sandy clay appears to have been twice fired, the first firing unglazed with a simple ash burn later a very thick feldspathick glaze wiped on and re-fired. It is roughly 11 by 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (28 x 29 x 6 cm) and is in good condition, no chips or cracks but some color has soaked into the crackled white glaze. Originally from Mashiko, Kimura Ichiro (1915-1988) went to study ceramics...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #838264 (stock #293)
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Various designs rise from the surface of this bulb shaped vase by Kawai Toru decorated in the dore-e style of slip design. Gosu blue outside with tinges of rusty iron, accentuated inside with iron red. The vase is 9 inches (22.5 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in perfect condition. There is no box. Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly under his father and Grandfather in 1964, making him the last disciple of Kanjiro Kawai, and it is he who seems to ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #851428 (stock #298)
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A large white-rimmed Tenmoku bowl by Pottery Master Kato Kohei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dispersion of oil spots is perfect, with a crisp division between white and black. The bowl is 14-1/2 (27 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes with a Takashimaya Department Store Exhibition pamphlet from 1971. The box has a cracked (repaired) lid and has darkened with age, but still protects the bowl fine. Kato Kohei (also Kobei, 1893-1982) was b...