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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 : Contemporary item #1378500 (stock #1220)
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A spectacular Shino Vase in deep murasaki and white by Tamaoki Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Henko. It is 14-3/4 inches (39 cm) tall, roughly 7-1/4 inches (18.5 cm) diameter and 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 followed the footsteps of a number of ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1414922 (stock #1423)
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An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1426877 (stock #1516)
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Gold seems to shatter into a thousand shards on the deep green surface of this large vase by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yuri Kinsai Hanatate. The image reminds me of looking into the murky depths of the pond for brilliant glints of passing koi, the sun reflecting off the water in golden shards. It is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition complete with shiori and stamped shifuku.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1429966 (stock #1553)
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Swirling white brush strokes decorated with dabs of iron like leaves blowing in wind on this square form by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hakeme Take Moyo Hoko (Bamboo Pattern on Brush Stroke Square Bottle). It is 10-1/2 inches (27 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 p...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1441896 (stock #1679)
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A Mizusashi in pre-dawn colors of lavender, gray and pink by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Kurinuki Mizusashi. It is 19 x 16.5 x 17.5 cm. Beautiful dark colors on this one. 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 tradition, he has transcended limitations, and was one of the first to begin carrying Hagi into...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1419152 (stock #1461)
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Delicate white “Mountain Priest Flowers”, called Yamaboshi in Japanese (Kousa Dogwood) decorate this vase by Shimada Fumio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saiji Yamaboshi-mon Hishigata Bin. It is 25 x 9.5 x 35 cm (10 x 4 x 14 inches) and is in excellent condition. br> Shimada Fumio is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists working in porcelain in Japan today. He was born in Tochigi prefecture in 1948, and his work was accepted into the 21st Nihon Dento Kogeiten Nationa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368238 (stock #1150)
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A tall squared vase inlayed with the silhouette of trees against the evening sky by Saeki Moriyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Zogan Jumoku Moyo Kabin and dated 1991. This artists fascination with trees against the sky is inspiring. He has chosen to imbue his works with memories of the perfect sunset, with an autumn morning or late afternoon in winter. This piece is quite large, 18 inches (45.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Saeki Moriyoshi was born into the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1357568 (stock #1115)
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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 8 x 5 x 4 inches (20 x 12 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 : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1367434 (stock #1138)
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Five for silver… Six for gold… Seven for the secret….Suzuki Goro is counting crows surrounding the epitaph in the center of this Kuro-Shino Kataguchi bowl enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In the center we hear the words of Noguchi Ujo’s 1921 hit song “Karasu naze naku no? Karasu ha yama ni kawai nanatsu no ko ga aru kara yo…” (Why does the crow call? It calls for seven lovely children in the mountains…). As with everything there are many allusions in the lyrics, and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1402607 (stock #1334)
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An organic form like some wavering anemone built from tiny curls of rolled ceramic bound together with slip by female artist Furui Akiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sou Katachi (Following the shape) dating from 2017. It is built of hundreds of rolled sheafs of shaved clay covered in a white slip and fused together. The amount of work which goes into each sculpture is obvious, making her work great value. It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) long and in new condition.
Furui...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1403561 (stock #1340)
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An unusual lidded jar by the bold artist Miyake Yoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nuki-e Kinsai Budo-mon Futa-tsuki Tsubo. Here he has decorated the outside with a brazen pattern of grapes and leaves in his typical ashen and white glazes highlighted with gold. Despite having handled dozens of his work over the years, I have never seen another lidded jar by him, and was very happy to find this “cookie jar”. It is 26 cm (10 inches) tall, 20 cm (8 inches) diameter and in...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1429021 (stock #1540)
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A minor divergence into one of the other plastic arts, here a silver flecked image of a carp made as a hanging vase by the iconic Kuroki Kuniaki accompanied by a signed wooden placard. It is 28 x 19 x 14 cm (11 x 7-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kuroki Kuniaki was born in Miyazaki prefecture in 1945. He began his career employed straight out of school by the Yamaya Glass Company in 1963. It would only be a decade later that he would venture out on his own, to begin cr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1350156 (stock #1065)
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Pine trees and Snow Flakes in silver and gold on red by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kin Ginsai Ichirin Tate. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall 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 carried on his re...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1353395 (stock #1087)
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A large swelling bottle form vase covered in fissured celadon by Minegishi Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze is amazing to behold, the layers shattered into thousands of transparent crystallized flakes stacked upon one another. It is roughly 12 inches (31 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1952 in Saitama, Minegishi Seiko studied under various masters in Nagano, Tochigi and Ibaragi, going solo at the young age of 22. He worked in Kohiki ware initially,...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Contemporary item #1383843 (stock #1246)
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Tiger stripes of crackled gold over veins of red, yellow and green on black by Kobayashi Mitsugi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Taste of an Autum Day. It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall, 8 x 9 inches (20. X 23 cm) round and in excellent condition.
Kobayashi Mitsugi, born in Aichi prefecture in 1932, and graduated the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. He was awarded at the Nihon Gendai Kogei Ten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition) in 1973 Kogeisho-Prize ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1421287 (stock #1473)
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A prototypical example of this artists most sought-after style, a ‘Scattered Blossoms’ vessel by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Funka Kabin (Scattered Flowers Vase). It is 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition, dating from the late ‘70s.
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 Municip...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1437939 (stock #1627)
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A seminal work by Shigaraki legend Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Here you will find no overt extension of the self, no insertion of ego, no attempt at distraction, only the true mastery of this artist and his ability. Absolute perfection in form shows his mastery of throwing, blemish-less surface his time spent preparing and purifying the clay, and superlative flow of natural ash his skill at placement in the kiln and the firing process. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1441941 (stock #1680)
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A chawan by Kaneta Masanao in soft pastel colors enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hagi Kurinuki Chawan. It is 5 x 4-1/2 x 4 inches (13 x 11.5 x 10 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 tradition, he has transcended limitations, and was one of the first to begin carrying Hagi into the 21st century....
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1356087 (stock #1099)
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A very unusual jar covered in crinkled metallic green glaze with a wooden lid covered with cloth wrapped in a net of orange chord made to hold tea leaves by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The appearance is deceptively large. Spectacular kiln effects live up to this artists reputation. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall plus lid. And in excellent condition.. This is the first and only tea leaf jar (Chatsubo) I have seen by this import...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1366922 (stock #1134)
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A striking large Tsubo in silvered Bizen ware by innovative Bizen artist Matsui Tomoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Ginsai Tsubo and dating circa 1990. It exhibits all the features of great Bizen, the smooth clay struck with flashes of darker color. The sense is that of seeing a Bizen Tsubo in an old tintype photograph, a most unique approach. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) diameter, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Matsui Tomoyuki is one of t...
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. He would have been influenced early on by his father, Yamada Kenkichi and...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1377083 (stock #1204)
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Geese take flight from autumn grasses on the dark clay surface of this flaring vase by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI dating circa 1960. It is 12-1/4 (31.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It is very similar in shape, style and theme to the piece held by the Nihon Geijutsu-in published on page 143 of the book Kiyomizu Rokubei Rekidaiten (2004). This came from the Rokubei family estate. There is no box.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojoza...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1377354 (stock #1208)
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A rare late 1950s to '60s sculptural work by Kitade Fujio, an artist credited with bringing Kutani into the modern age, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hekimen Ni Seshite Okizaru Kaki (Vase left abandoned by the wall). The clay is quite pure, covered in blasts of black and beige. It is 9-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 11 inches (24 x 14 x 28 cm) and in excellent condition. Kitade Fujio was born in 1919 the first son of potter Kitade Tojiro. He graduated the Ceramics research facility in 1937...
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 : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1440027 (stock #1657)
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A wild work by young pottery sensation Matsumura Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Necrosis TBF. It is 23 x 14.5 x 8 cm (9 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches) and is in excellent condition, from the artist late 2020. Matsumura Jun was born in Chiba Prefecture on the outskirts of Tokyo in 1986. He graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2010, and graduated the Tajimi Municipal Ceramics Research Facility in 2015, then went on to the Utatsuyama Research Facility in Kanazawa, leav...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1352858 (stock #986)
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A tall vase by Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki Hana Kusa-bana Mon Ho-To (Written Flowers, Floral Pattern Square Vase). This is a superb example of the design aesthetic for which this artist was designated a Living National Treasure. It is 10-1/2 inches 827 cm) tall 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 pa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368414 (stock #1152)
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A fulling block form draped with ochre glaze over charred olive shades by Tsukigata Nahiko wrapped in a brocade bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Shino Hana-Ike which is in turn enclosed in a black lacquered wooden double-wood storage box. It is a very traditional shape in Japanese pottery. This is 8 inches (20 cm) tall, 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. A superlative example of this artists work.
Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) was not only an ...
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 : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1378037 (stock #1214)
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Every shade between mustard and aubergine fades into the deepest blue on the sides of this ovoid form decorated with enigmatic relief-work by Shinkai Kanzan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nishiki-ka Kabin. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shinkai Kanzan was born the grandson of Seifu Yohei III in 1912 and was raised from a baby in the confines of the Gojo-zaka ceramic district of Kyoto, inducted daily into the realm of pottery by his father a...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1383214 (stock #1235)
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Crimson petals seem to swirl about a vortex of yellow fading to white on the overall black glass surface of this plate by Nakashima Yasushi enclosed in the original signed wooden box and exhibited at the 19th Nihon Dento Kogeiten exhibition (catalog included). It is 14 x 16 inches (35.5 x 41.5 cm) and is in excellent condition. It is titled Anba Unmo Nami-Uchi Sara, Roran no Hana. (I believe he is using the first two characters as “ateji” meaning Amber Mica Waved Dish, Orchid Flowers).
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 #1410798 (stock #1379)
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Everything you could want in firing effects decorate the various sides of this Iga Tsubo by Tanimoto Yo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 23.5 cm (9 inches) diameter, 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in 1958 the son of Iga potter Tanimoto Kosei, Yo was raised among the kilns and has always had his hands in clay. He first began exhibiting in 1982, and in 1984 moved to Europe where he studied oil painting and sculpture (in Spain), and set up a p...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1411171 (stock #1384)
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A slightly more austere work completing this tea set by Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Chawan and named inside the lid Amidha-Do (Hall of Amitabha). Here the artist has refrained from over-decoration, allowing the natural color and texture of the terracotta clay to dominate. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.3 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition, dating circa 1990.
Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018) preferred firing his kiln for ten d...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1415671 (stock #1435)
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I have been wanting to introduce this young artist since last summer, one of the most interesting young people I have recently met, who is able to get fantastic reactions through his Raku style firing process. This is a perfect example, a slice of sphere with rust red and blue patterns waving across the surface like gas clouds on some distant moon. It is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in a signed wooden box titled: Untitled. ...
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). He has received a number of awards and exhibited with the Asah...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1426874 (stock #1514)
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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...