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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 : 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1439196 (stock #1655)
Here is an artist I have followed with much interest over the last few years. This bowl by Shiraishi Yoichi is like a collapsed volcanic bubble. It is 20.5 x 8 cm (7-1/2 x 3 inches) and in excellent condition, from the artist late 2020 and comes in the original signed wooden box titled: Chawan. Inside the box lid he has written a series of warnings: Please Read the instructions before use.
Please keep it in a safe place.
Caution! may Cut your mouth.
Caution! Hot water doe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443870 (stock #1711)
Modern Japanese Ceramics
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The best sake related piece I have ever seen by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Tokkuri. The draping curves and weep of color is superb, and sets this above all others. Michio has long been inspired by archaic forms, and this is reminiscent of the roughly 5000-year-old Jomon Venus (a National Treasure) unearthed in Chino, Nagano prefecture. His coloration seems derived from ancient Sue-ki ware, and he goes to great lengths to erode the pots, allott...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1438339 (stock #1524)
Thick green ash glaze covers the rough swirling surface of this large platter by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Ozara (Platter). It is 43 cm (17 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, with Shiori and Shifuku fresh from the artists kiln last year.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through pottery, but through his primal approach has earned a following which keeps h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1438826 (stock #1652)
A little warmth on a cold winter day, lets have a look at cheerful works of Tokugawa Hiroshi. Here is a deep “Apple Shaped” tea bowl covered in lightly crackled Ki-Seto (Yellow Seto) glaze fired upside down so that the glaze coalesces at the rim into a thin bead of yellow glass. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ki-Seto Chawan with Shiori and Shifuku.
Tokugawa Hiroshi graduated the Gifu Prefetural Industrial High School in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1436551 (stock #1612)
Grasses grow on the sides of this Tokkuri and accompanying Guinomi by Karatsu legend Maruta Munehiko, each piece enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The E-Karatsu Tokkuri is 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall. The E-Karatsu Guinomi is 7 cm (2-3/4 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall. Both are in excellent condition.
Maruta Munehiko was born the second son of Maruta Masami in Saga prefecture in 1961. However he apprenticed under Hamada Atsuya (1931-1986), the son of Mashiko Living ...
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1434163 (stock #1595)
A splendid antique cut glass cup selected and decorated by contemporary female lacquer artist Arai Etsuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Glass Maki-e Hai, Yoake (Glass Sake Cup named Breaking Dawn). She said that when she first saw the glass in a street market, she instantly envisioned how the engraved patterns could be accentuated by colors and powdered precious metals. Here an interesting comparison of techniques is possible. The bowl is decorated outside, first with laye...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443220 (stock #1699)
An orthodox wheel turned sake bottle in pale glaze by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Haku-yu Tokkuri. The artists fingers clearly groove the bottle in a steady upward spiral, a flash of raw clay revealed on one side while the pale pitted glaze covers all else. It is 13 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condtion, retaining the original shifuku and shiori.
Kaneta Masanao likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagi’s most well-known and ea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1435921 (stock #1599)
A classic form blasted with ash by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Yohen Hanaire. The two sculpted lug handles sit high on the vessel, one side taking the full brunt of the vortex in the kiln, the other baked to a dark black tinged earthen shade. It is 10 inches ((26 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Yukuyoshi Manabu was born in Kagatonishi near the heart of Bizen country in 1941. After working in Osaka as a young man, he returned to Bizen to...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438524 (stock #1650)
Rough hewn elongated slabs of Shigaraki clay covered simply in crystalline green ash by Murakoshi Takuma. These main dish plates are roughly 33 x 16.5 cm (13 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition, directly from the artist this autumn. We have currently not had a box made for these to keep the price and shipping fee down, but one can be prepared if desired at cost.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to make a living through po...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1439091 (stock #1654)
The purity and perfection of this takes your breath away. It is a gorgeous piece by Hattori Tatsuya and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ginsai Wan. The bowl is 12 x 13.5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 3 inches) and is in perfect condition, from the artist late 2020. He is a master of silver/platinum/titanium glazes, and his forms, especially his tea pots, are very popular and generally sell out quickly.
Hattori Tatsuya was born in Tajimi, home of Shino and Oribe wares,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443221 (stock #1700)
This undulating Sake bottle dressed in brilliant green and dark rust seems to dance with its short companion, an almost comical set sure to set the tone for a good bottle of sake. They are by Murakoshi Takuma, made with his signature shi-seki studded Shigaraki clay dripping with crystalline green ash accented with a cascade of dark iron. Each comes enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. The Tokkuri is a touch smaller than usual, the hai (cup) wide and shallow, to allow f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1436061 (stock #1602)
A simple cylinder form blasted with ash by Yukuyoshi Manabu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Yohen Hanaire. Two Botamochi circles are stacked up on one side, the rest blasted with flying ash. It is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It is wrapped in a soft thick cloth to protect the beautiful smattering of textured ash clinging to the surface.
Yukuyoshi Manabu was born in Kagatonishi near the heart of Bizen country in 1941. After working in Osa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1437947 (stock #1628)
A joyful yellow light seems to shine like a jewel from within the fissures of this cool tea bowl by Kitagawa Kazuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kasane iro-me Chawan (Layered Color Tea Bowl). It is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition from the artist this autumn. This artist works by creating the body with subsequent applications of variously colored liquid clay, then scoring away the surface to create patterns by revealing the var...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1439968 (stock #1656)
Fujiuchi Saeko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Usuhanada Kanyu Chawan. Usuhanada is a traditional Japanese color in the blue tone. Kanyu is glaze crackling. This bowl is 13.5 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm (5-1/4 x 5-3/4 x 3 inches) and is in excellent condition, from the artist late 2020.
Fujiuchi Saeko wsa born in Shiga prefecture (home of Shigaraki) in 1983 but chose to study in the Okayama Prefectureal University (Okayama being the home of Bizen) graduating in 2006. She went on...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1443344 (stock #1704)
A Sake kettle and hai (cup) of rough Shigaraki clay by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes titled Karasuguchi Shuchu (Crow Beak Sake Service). This is made employing his signature rough Shigaraki blend covered with random iron and ash glazes. The bottle stands 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) tall plus the handle, and both are in excellent condition, directly from the artist.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply lives to work with clay. He does not seek to mak...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1440250 (stock #1664)
Stretching the limitations on what constitutes a chawan, a very unusual form of overlapping bubbles in snow white porcelain by Yatsugi Miho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakuji Chawan Hitoawa (A Bubble). It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, from the artist this past autumn.
Yatsugi Miho was born in Tokyo in 1973, and initially graduated advanced studies at the Tokyo National University of Agriculture and Technology in 1998. In 2018 she completed...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1438321 (stock #1644)
A set of six hors d’oeuvres plates by Murakoshi Takuma, his signature rough Shigaraki clay covered in crystalline green ash glaze. One can imagine a long slab of eel lying from end to end, thus the name, however these are perfect for a presentation of three of four small hors d’oeuvres, allowing room between each to allow the colors and textures stand alone. The slab is mounted on four small bun feet, allowed to slump slightly in the middle. They are roughly 7 x 33 cm (3 x 13 inches) each...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1443077 (stock #1692)
A cascade of flowers descends from a branch hanging into the dark matt night on this small circular box by Kondo Yutaka. This is his most famous design style, which he called Funka, or scattered blossoms. It is 6 cm (2-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, enclosed in a custom-made wooden box.
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 Municipal Universit...