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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1440926 (stock #1667)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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A mid century vessel by Yagi Kazuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tetsu Zogan Hana Tsubo dating from the heydays of Sodeisha in the 1950s to early 60s. The vase seems to wear a necklace of Kikko hexagons. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall, 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) was one of the most influential Avant Garde potters of 20th century Japan. He was born into the family of potter Yagi Isso, a noted specialist in fine Chines...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436378 (stock #1608)
There is an unequivocal sincerity in the work of Fukami Sueharu, and here is an exceptional large cylinder vase draped in the purest celadon green wrapped in a stamped cloth pouch and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 52.5 cm (20-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Large works by this artist are few and far between, and this would certainly become a focal point in any collection.
Fukami Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. Born in Kyoto in 1947, he grad...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1434815 (stock #1597)
A colorful spray decorates the white glazed body of this bowl by Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a wooden box titled Hakuji Hana-e Wan (White Glazed Bowl with Floral Design) annotated by his daughter (and former head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum) Kawai Koha. The bowl is set on a tall foot, with rough sandy edges surrounding the base. It is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter,10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1442495 (stock #1575)
Layers of color in an amorphic form like a jellyfish (or perhaps when smoiking like an underwater volcano) by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Deisai Koki, Umi no Ho (Colored Clay Incense Vessel, (Musical) Score of the Sea).It is 21 x 19 x 10 cm (8 x 7-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under Kiyomizu Ky...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1443078 (stock #1693)
An exquisite plate by legendary Okabe Mineo enclosed in a wooden box titled Benishino Hirabachi, annotated inside: Work of Mineo Sensei signed and sealed by Kuroda Totoan. There is something very intimate about this artist and his work, the glaze is thin, reealing the body of the work and you can feel the potters hands in the clay. It is 32.5 cm (13 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Okabe Mineo (1919-1990) was born the first son of important artist Kato Tokuro, however the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1436712 (stock #1614)
A moon-like orb awash in an atmosphere of rust and oxide by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply (as with all his works) Untitled. It is 27 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, directly from this young and important artist. A similar piece went into the collection of the V&A in London last year.
Hashimoto Tomonari was born the son of a sculptor and has felt comfortable with the processes of creation since childhood. He graduated w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436424 (stock #1609)
A large Seki-ware container by the eccentric artist Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Konron (Kunlun in Chinese). This is the name of a mythical Mountain Range in Chinese Folklore. His architectural forms are fired at high temperature with random salt deposits creating an austere Axel Vervoot atmosphere. A ritual like composition adds to the sense of weight and history of this piece. It is 32 cm (12-1/2 inches) tall, 35.5 cm (14 inches) diameter and in excellent ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1441942 (stock #1681)
A fabulous Mizusashi, quite large with a rugged, natural shape covered in dwan colors of lavender, pink and gray by Hagi icon Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Hai-Kaburi Kurinuki Mizusashi. It is 8 x 8-1/2 x 9 inches (21 x 22 x 23 cm) and in excellent condition. Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well-known and easily identifiable names. Although an eighth-generation potter inheriting an overtly conservative traditio...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1436766 (stock #1615)
A ribbon of iron glaze rises up like a swirling flame, a quintessential work by female artist Takatsu Mio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Work 1602. The very talented Tatsu Mio spends many days refining the shape of each piece she makes, and her output is thus very low. It is 43 cm (17 inches) tall and in excellent condition, from the artist this summer.
Takatsu Mio (b. 1976) was raised in Gifu prefecture among the scattered kilns of Mino. She graduated the Osaka Univer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1437509 (stock #1619)
A masterpiece by Kato Shigetaka, this bowl is very powerful, and I am not one to wax too longingly on individual pieces. In short: he nailed it with this bowl which comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Chawan. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kato Shigetaka (1927-2013) was born the son of legendary revivalist Kato Tokuro, his older brother the legendary rebel Okabe Mineo. Shigetaka graduated the Seto Industrial ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1437524 (stock #1621)
Playful bands of white and red alternate with raw clay on this fabulous large vessel by Tamaoki Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Tsubo. It is 33 cm (13 inches) tall, 14 x 15.5 cm (5-1/2 x 6 inches) at the base and is in excellent condition.
Tamaoki Yasuo was born in Tajimi in 1941, one of the homes of Mino ware. He began his path to professional ceramicist at the Tajimi Industrial High School, and a stint at the Gifu Ceramics Research institute, where he foll...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1441210 (stock #1675)
A simple small circular container covered in rust colored speckled Gosu glaze by 20th century pottery legend Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his daughter Koha titled Gosu Futamono3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1442751 (stock #1685)
Gold drizzles down the rough textured sides of this steep Tsutsu-chawan tea bowl by Ichikawa Toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The gold shines brilliantly on the rough textured clay, alternating with patches of earthy orange and pale cream. It has the WOW! Factor in triplicate. Slightly oblong, it is roughly 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter 9.5 cm (3-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Ichikawa Toru was born in Tokyo in 1973. In 2015 he established his current stud...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1440838 (stock #1665)
A very rare Mashiko platter by Living National Treasure Hamada Shoji decorated with a poem cradled in an offset ring forming the mika-tsuki or third day moon by poet Shimizu Hian. The poem alludes to the red fruit of the Omoto plant which grows ripe and round like a stone in this transient world. It reads: Akaki mi no omoto no Hotori Dainaru Maruki kono yo no ishi okitari, and is signed by the 76 year old man Hian meaning it was made either in 1958 or 59 (depending upon whether Hian was going ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1442918 (stock #1689)
A doe, messenger of the gods of Kasuga shrine, decorates the lid of this iconic incense box by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Shika Kogo. The diaphanous creature rests recumbent, the porcelain thin and delicate. Scattered glaze cracks (Kanyu) purposely create a sense of the ephemeral, as if the apparition will dissipate at any moment, begging us to live in the now, and extolling the Japanese idea of Ichigo Ichie, every momen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1433354 (stock #1593)
This past summer I had occasion to visit Richard Milgrim in his Mountain Studio and asked him to pair some sake cups and Tokkuri for us. It is a rare opportunity to have an artist personally select pieces which he feels work together. This set is making use of his signature Concord glaze (Konko-yu) from America, with clay from Japan, while the cup is also using a variant of that glaze Black Concord (Konko-guro). The Tokkuri is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter, 12 cm (5 inches) tall. The rim of the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436671 (stock #1613)
Last summer I had occasion to visit Richard Milgrim in his Mountain Studio and asked him to pair some sake cups and Tokkuri for us. This set is making use of his signature Concord glaze (Konko-Guro) from America, with clay from Japan. The shape of the Tokkuri is that of a tea whisk, tying together the potter and the way of tea for which he is so well known. The Guinomi is sculpted with undulating hills, like the view from his studio. Each comes in the original signed wooden box. The Tokkuri...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1443151 (stock #1695)
Showing another side of this potter, known for his striking Caribbean blue gazes, here is a rusty sunshine by Furuno Yukiharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yellow River Glazed Bottle. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter, 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Furuno Yukiharu (b. 1943) states his original ceramic glaze represents the calmness and beauty of the sky, ocean and the depths of the earth. He has exhibited and or been awarded at the Nihon De...